Pogba reminded me of Man United flop last season, says Neville
Phil Neville likened Paul Pogba's first season at Manchester United to Juan Sebastian Veron's impact in 2001
Phil Neville has admitted that Paul Pogba reminded him of Manchester United flop Juan Sebastian Veron last season.
The Red Devils signed the France international last summer in a then world-record £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as their new manager.
Pogba returned to Old Trafford with a huge reputation after winning four Italian top-flight titles during a four-season stay in Turin.
However, the 24-year-old struggled to adapt to the Premier League and Pogba was criticised for failing to be a match-winner in Mourinho’s Manchester United team.
Pogba still finished with five goals and four assists in 30 appearances in the Premier League last season, while the midfielder scored in their 2-0 win against Ajax in the Europa League.
While Neville likened Pogba’s first season to Veron’s impact at Old Trafford, the former Manchester United defender is confident the France star will have a big 2017-18 campaign.
“Pogba teased us last year. In some games it was, ‘Wow’, and in others it was ‘Dear me’. This year is his year,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Last season he reminded me at times of when United signed Juan Sebastian Veron. He was a brilliant midfield player, one of the best in the world, but he kept chasing the ball and vacating areas. That is difficult to play with and Pogba was like that last year.”
Veron moved to Manchester United in a then club-record £30m deal from Serie A champions Lazio in 2001 after the midfielder helped the Super Eagles to win the Italian title under Sven Goran-Eriksson.
The Argentina international spent two seasons at Old Trafford and won the Premier League title in 2003 before moving to Chelsea later that summer.