Paul Parker: This is what concerns me about new Man United signing
Paul Parker isn't sure where Paul Pogba will play in the Manchester United side
Paul Parker has expressed his concern that Manchester United could struggle to find Paul Pogba’s best position.
The Red Devils finally completed a £92m deal for the France international last week after months of speculation linking United with a move for the Juventus midfielder.
With Pogba you do wonder when you look at his style of play for Juventus can he play that way for Manchester United?/p>Paul Parker
Pogba is the fourth of Jose Mourinho’s summer signings as the new United manager strengthened the spine of his side with Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Euro 2016 runner-up was suspended for United’s opening game of the Premier League season as the 20-time English champions eased to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
And former United defender Parker questioned how Mourinho will manage to accommodate Pogba in his side given his littany of options.
“If United had signed Messi for a hundred million not many would have complained. The same with Ronaldo who scores goals and has a presence that scares teams,” said Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport.
“With Pogba you do wonder when you look at his style of play for Juventus can he play that way for Manchester United? Where is he going to play? It would be a waste if it’s in a holding role. If he plays behind Ibrahimovic that puts Wayne Rooney in doubt and Rooney has to play – not that he deserves a place but they have to play him. So it’s a difficult situation.”
Parker added: “I think United in certain quarters are quite embarrassed by how much they’ve had to pay for him but did he do enough in his three seasons at Juventus to warrant that fee? The answer is no, not at all and you have to wonder why Real Madrid disappeared very quickly. They don’t get out-bid.”
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager.
United ended their silverware drought in May after Louis van Gaal led his side to FA Cup glory before he was sacked and replaced by Mourinho.
Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on the future of ‘overweight’ Wayne Rooney