Tuesday 27 September 2016

€105m far too much for Pogba, insists Souness

Jamie Moore

Published 09/08/2016 | 02:30

French footballer Paul Pogba (L) arrives in a convoy of vehicles at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex yesterday. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
French footballer Paul Pogba (L) arrives in a convoy of vehicles at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex yesterday. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

As Paul Pogba's £89m (€105m) move from Juventus to Manchester United gets ever closer, plenty of former stars have questioned whether he is worth the money.

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Ex-Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is unsure if the French international is the man to improve United's fortunes as Jose Mourinho tries to do what David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal couldn't.

"I think he is a young man with enormous potential. But he is far from being the finished article," said Souness. "€100m is too much. Normally it's the guys who put the ball in the net who go for the big money - it is the hardest job in football.

"It's not his fault he's going for that kind of money. But you are not going to pay €100m on the strength of what you saw at the Euros."

United, Mourinho and his new signings need success now, but Sky Sports pundit Souness thinks Pogba is more a man for the future.

"I think they are buying that guy for the next seven or eight years. It's not all about next year for Paul Pogba.

"I think the two biggest influences next year are the manager (Mourinho) and Ibrahimovic - he has got an aura about him, he has got a confidence that he has backed up in his career so far.

"At 34 he is not like he was when he was 27 or 28, but I imagine he will stir that dressing-room in a very, very positive way."

However, Monday Night Football's Jamie Carragher has yet to be convinced that Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney can play in the same team.

"I don't think it's a perfect partnership (looking at the Community Shield game). They both look like they want to do the same thing in terms of coming to feet for the ball, there's not any sort of great pace there.

"The pace will come from the wide areas in Anthony Martial so it's not the perfect partnership on paper like Denis Bergkamp and Ian Wright, so it will be interesting to see how it develops in the early weeks of the season."

United start their league campaign away to Bournmouth on Sunday.

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