Graeme Souness: Why Man United spent too much on Paul Pogba
Graeme Souness runs the rule over new Manchester United signing Paul Pogba
Graeme Souness has accused Manchester United of spending too much money on Paul Pogba.
The France international completed a long-awaited world-record move to Old Trafford on Tuesday as United manager Jose Mourinho secured his fourth signing of the summer transfer window.
Pogba follows in the footsteps of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in moving to United this summer.
The club-record signing missed the Red Devils’s opening game of the season at Bournemouth due to suspension but could make his first appearance since his big-money move against Southampton at Old Trafford next Friday night.
However, former Liverpool captain Souness believes United should have signed an established world-class talent for the 23-year-old’s rumoured £89m transfer fee and not a player who still needs to develop in the coming season.
“It’s not the poor lad’s decision, he didn’t decide how much was going to be spent on him, but I think £89m is way too much,” Souness told Sky Sports. “For that money, you’re expecting to get the finished article. He’s a long way off from that.
“The strikers are the ones that normally go for big, big money because they’re the ones who decide the games, nine times out of 10. Pogba got 10 goals in 49 games last year. He will get some goals but he’s not going to be a Luis Suarez, who got over 50 goals for Barcelona last year.
“How many games is he single-handedly going to win you? I think the price they have paid for him is all out of sync. If you analyse it in that context, the price isn’t right. It’s way too much on him.”
United have already won their first trophy under Mourinho after the 20-time English champions eased to a 2-1 victory over Premier League holders Leicester City in the Community Shield.
The Red Devils haven’t won the English top-flight crown since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson secured his 13th and final title.