By Ollie Cranham-Young
- Would a move for Pogba be good or bad for United?
Already in this transfer window, United have been extremely busy. They have already secured the signings of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and Zlatan Ibrahimović on a free transfer.
United boss Jose Mourinho isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. Today we have chosen to look at the next most likely arrival to Manchester, Paul Pogba from Italian Giants Juventus.
We look at the advantages and disadvantages of this transfer, should it cease to occur in the near future, and whether it is a wise move for Portuguese boss Mourinho to take or simply a big mistake that should be avoided at all costs.
What are the advantages?
The most obvious advantage to signing Paul Pogba from Juventus is the footballing ability he possesses.
There is no hiding his quality. He is unbelievable both on the ball and off it.
Described as a passing master by many, he is superb with the ball at his feet as he beats defenders thanks to his gifted touch and pace with Pogba also having a fantastic finishing touch.
Many would award him with the accolade of being the best midfielder in the world currently.
He would serve as a brilliant addition at Old Trafford. United are lacking in midfield and whilst Michael Carrick does provide experience and confidence on the ball, he doesn’t have the skill nor pace to take on defenders.
Signing Pogba could solve this problem immediately. Another bonus of United making the bold statement of signing the worlds most exciting midfield prospect would be the fact that he has age on his side.
Age on his side
Having just turned 23, Pogba is at a very young age but already would command a starting place in any team’s line-up.
Furthermore, for a midfielder he supplies a prolific goals per game ratio.
The Frenchman has managed 28 goals in 124 games for the Italian giants, which gives him a goals per game ratio of 0.2 or a goal every five games. An outstanding statistic for a midfielder.
Finally, the midfielder would fill a gap in United’s midfield that hasn’t yet been replaced since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The answer to David Moyes’ midfield problems seemed to be Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.
While we can acknowledge that they are regular starters, neither have the skill nor pace of Paul Pogba and both could inevitably be heading for the exit door.
Louis Van Gaal’s answer to the midfield was to play defenders as well as strikers in the middle of the park. Not giving a fantastic end result, finishing in 4th and 5th in the league respectively.
There’s no doubt about it, Paul Pogba would fill this gap that has needed filling for some time and end what has been an ongoing problem for United.
What are the disadvantages?
Unfortunately, there are many disadvantages to signing the Frenchman as well.
Firstly, the strikingly obvious statistic about Pogba is his price tag. Juventus want at least £100 million for their prized asset.
And whilst it is a ridiculous sum of money, United have broke the bank for a record transfer fee several times before, and under new management, there is no reason why this would change.
How stupid would United look signing a player for £100 million, the same man whom they let go for just £800,000 only four years ago?
Secondly by doing this, United would be breaking their record transfer fee once again. We all know what happened the last time they did that. Angel Di Maria. Say no more.
Subsequent to this, Sir Alex who we acknowledge to be the greatest Premier League manager of all time, did not see fit for Pogba to perform to United standards in the Premier League.
Now he has moved to a, with respect, much more undemanding league. When Sir Alex sold him to Juventus, surely he must have expected him to perform well, but maybe not this well.
Can Pogba cut it in the Premier League?
The question is would Pogba cut it in a much more challenging and strenuous league. Is that a gamble boss Jose Mourinho is willing to take?
Many would argue United already have plenty of attacking options and to purchase another would be simply unnecessary.
Extending this point, United could buy two or three, possibly more, quality players for this unbelievable sum of money. It could be spent much more wisely and on better additions to the squad.
Despite the signing of Eric Bailly, the defence still contains it’s flaws. This is an area that £100 million could be better spent on.
There were question marks surrounding Pogba’s performance in the Euros, particularly in the final against Portugal.
The question is would Pogba be able to perform as excellent as he does against amateur Italian teams, in the hardest league in the world?