Three reasons Man United shouldn’t sign Paul Pogba for £100m
Kieran Beckles examines three reasons why Manchester United shouldn't sign Paul Pogba this summer
Only Messi and Ronaldo worth £100m
Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a £100m move to Manchester United as the summer’s biggest transfer saga rumbles on. With Juventus and Mino Raiola reportedly meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Pogba’s future could soon be decided. However, United legend Paul Scholes has questioned the proposed fee, insisting that Pogba isn’t worth £100m. It is hard to disagree with the BT Sport pundit. For such an extravagant fee, United should be signing a player capable of scoring endless goals. Strikers, after all, are the personnel that win games and trophies. Only Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo are worth such a gigantic price tag.
Disappointing Euro 2016
Perhaps distracted by the speculation surrounding his future, Pogba struggled to light up the European championship. Instead, the box-to-box midfielder was overshadowed by Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann. With the world looking on, Pogba failed to justify the hype that has been growing steadily thanks to his influential performances at Juventus over the past four seasons. Is Pogba on his way to becoming a world-class midfielder? Yes. But there is more progress to be made before he can emulate the likes of Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane.
Other adequate options
In what could be interpreted as a show of gamesmanship with Juventus, Jose Mourinho claimed last week that Pogba is one of three options to strengthen United’s midfield. It would be intriguing to learn who the other two candidates to add some steel to the core of Mourinho’s side are. Some reports have suggested that Pogba’s France team-mate and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is a target for the Red Devils. At 29, he would come significantly cheaper. Another name linked with United is Nemanja Matic. While the Serbian doesn’t have the flair or technical ability of Pogba, the towering midfielder could complement summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.