Insider explains why Paul Pogba moved to Man United ahead of Real Madrid

Spanish expert Sid Lowe lifts the lid on why Paul Pogba joined Manchester United instead of Real Madrid

Manchester United priced Real Madrid out of a deal to sign Paul Pogba last summer, according to Sid Lowe.

The Red Devils signed the France international in a world-record £89m deal from Serie A champions Juventus in August.

Pogba was the fourth of Jose Mourinho’s summer signings after the Portuguese coach was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was thought to be a keen admirer of Pogba and wanted to bring his compatriot to the Spanish capital.

However, los Blancos missed out on the 23-year-old versatile midfielder as Manchester United brought Pogba back to Old Trafford.

Speaking to Irish Times’s podcast Second Captains, La Liga expert and Guardian football reporter Lowe lifted the lid on the reasons why Madrid failed to secure Pogba’s signature ahead of the Premier League giants.

“There is a reason why Paul Pogba goes to Manchester United and not Real Madrid. That’s because Real Madrid, while they don’t want to put it in these terms, were basically priced out of a deal for Pogba,” Lowe said.

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Pogba has scored four goals and has made three assists in 21 appearances in the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The Manchester United midfielder left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012.

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