Manchester United made Paul Pogba the world’s most expensive footballer this summer, forking out upwards of €100 million to bring their former academy player back to Old Trafford.
The deal divided opinion, with some claiming it was a good investment, while others reacted in horror. Five games into the new season and it appears those who had originally expressed concerns are now those with a smug look on their faces.
So far, Pogba has yet to find his feet at Old Trafford. Arriving with the massive weight of expectation such a price tag will bring, the 23-year-old is under a searing spotlight from both fans and the media alike.
It will take time for the midfielder to settle though his quality and potential are without question. Back with United, he has been installed in the heart of midfield and each touch of the ball is scrutinised ad nauseam by expectant fans.
While he will certainly adapt to United, and United to him, former midfield legend Paul Scholes has had his say on Pogba’s form and in his opinion, manager José Mourinho needs to dip back into the transfer market and bring in another top midfielder to support the Frenchman, even going so far as to suggest the likes of Toni Kroos or Luka Modric.
Reported in the Manchester Evening News, Scholes remarked while featuring as a pundit for BT Sport for United’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord,
“Mourinho needs to find the right partner or partners. I think he [Pogba] needs, I think he’s shown at Juventus, he needs a controlling midfielder next to him and I think Michael’s [Carrick] got that controlled ability on the ball.”
“And I think he [Mourinho] needs to go in the transfer market for somebody like that. ”
“I know he’s happy with his four players [signed in the transfer window] but I still think they need that type of player. A Luka Modric or a Toni Kroos, and I think these players are available. Paul Pogba would be a lot better playing alongside these types of players.”
Having spent upwards of £150 million during the summer transfer window, what kind of funds are available for the January and next summer windows, remains to be seen. However, with names like Kroos and Modric, you would be right in assuming that these are not names that will come cheaply.
Whether Mourinho is of the same opinion as Scholes is also unknown but he is sure to give Pogba ample time to establish himself in the side. Surely then he will fashion his team around the Frenchman, buying and selling as needed.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena