Monday 24 October 2016

Eamon Dunphy knows exactly why Manchester United broke the bank to sign Paul Pogba

Published 19/09/2016 | 21:33

Paul Pogba has not yet performed for Manchester United
Paul Pogba has not yet performed for Manchester United

Eamon Dunphy believes that it was not Jose Mourinho’s call to go out and pay a world record fee for Paul Pogba.

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The Frenchman, who re-signed for United for £89m, has struggled to find any form since his move to Old Trafford.

“It’s (Manchester United) been in decline. They have just paid €100m for a player Alex Ferguson let go for nothing. What’s going on?” said Dunphy on 2FM's Game On on Monday.

“What I think is going on is Ed Woodward, the Chief Executive there…this is a big impact signing in the summer, and he (Woodward) decided to go for this guy. And Mourinho went along with it.

“Why did he not go get Griezmann? Why didn’t he go get a top player? This kid will never be a top player.”  

Dunphy also had a message for critics of Wayne Rooney with many commentators suggesting his time is up at Old Trafford following yet another sub-standard performance in United's 3-1 loss to Watford at the weekend.

 “No (I don’t agree he should be sold) not in those simple, crude terms I wouldn’t. Wayne Rooney has been a fantastic player for Manchester United.

“I think he is in a poor team at the moment but I think he deserves respect, he is still a very good footballer but he is in a bad side. It is not his fault the side is bad, he is playing out of position. He still has a lot of football in him but he needs to be in a good side.

“I think to pick on Rooney is simplistic. He has been a shadow of the player he used to be but he was a very, very good player and I think he can be a very important player again. There are not too many clubs in the Premier League who wouldn’t put Wayne Rooney in their starting team.“

For Dunphy, he believes the real reason behind Rooney’s loss of form is the fact he is playing out of position, despite Mourinho stating, categorically, that he would employ him solely as a striker.

“I don’t think United are anything. I think they are a slow train wreck. I said it before the start of the season. Mourinho, I think, has lost the plot. You think of Fellaini being Manchester United’s main midfield player with Pogba and Rooney.

“Mourinho said Rooney was going to play as a front player, he hasn’t. What went wrong there?”

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