Michael Carrick delivers verdict on new Man United signing Paul Pogba
Michael Carrick believes Man United's new signings can push the rest of the squad to an even higher level
Michael Carrick believes Paul Pogba is a massive signing for Manchester United ahead of their season opener against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils managed to finally complete a reported world-record deal for the France international after months of speculation linking the midfielder with a move to Old Trafford.
I’ve said all along, since I’ve been here, the club needs the best players in the squad to push each other and challenge each other. Certainly, we’ve been given that this summer
Pogba’s return to United amounts to Jose Mourinho’s fourth signing of the summer after the new manager brought in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this summer.
Veteran midfielder Carrick welcomed the arrival of some top talents at Old Trafford, including Pogba, insisting that the Frenchman will bring out the best in his United team-mates.
“A transfer fee is a transfer fee,” Carrick told United’s website.
“I don’t think that matters too much really. I think it’s more about getting the best players you can through the door and we’ve certainly done that this summer. All four players are going to be great for this club.
“Paul being the last one is massive news. It has gone on for a few weeks and I think he’s as delighted as much as anyone that it’s done now and he can focus on his football. I’ve said all along, since I’ve been here, the club needs the best players in the squad to push each other and challenge each other. Certainly, we’ve been given that this summer.”
Mourinho was named as Louis van Gaal’s successor after the Red Devils finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season and missed out on a place in the Champions League.
The 20-time English champions did manage to win the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side at Wembley.
United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson lifted the 13th and final top-flight crown of his decorated reign.