'The biggest compliment I can give him is I was watching Paul Pogba and I wasn’t thinking about the £89m'
Published 20/08/2016 | 09:30
Ryan Giggs admitted he wasn’t thinking of Paul Pogba’s price tag as he gave a glowing assessment of the Frenchman’s second debut at Manchester United.
Old Trafford legend Giggs was a Sky Sports pundit for the second coming of Pogba in United red, just a couple of weeks after he completed his world record £89m move from Juventus.
Pogba impressed with a physical display in midfield as United recorded a 2-0 win thanks to two Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals, with Giggs impressed by the impact made by the club’s new No.6.
“The biggest compliment I can give him is I was watching Paul Pogba and I wasn’t thinking about the £89m,” said Giggs. “I was thinking of a player enjoying himself and trying things, expressing himself.
“It was a brilliant, brilliant performance. When you take into consideration he has only trained for a week, the price tag, he is only 23.
“He was all over the pitch and if he keeps playing like that, the price tag won’t be mentioned.”
Pogba certainly seems to have settled in quickly at United and he won these words of praise from his manager Jose Mourinho after a fine display.
“He could play extra-time,” joked Mourinho, as Pogba defied his manager’s pre-match prediction to play the full 90 minutes, even though he has yet to get two full weeks of training under his belt since signing for United.
“He was phenomenal and surrounded by organisation, by vision for the game. Marouane Fellaini was so good. The way the wingers were closing spaces inside.
“I’m so happy with the organisation of the team. Everything that was individual was superb and the things related to the team he [Pogba] tried very hard to do. When I was thinking he was losing consistency and possession, was when I brought Ander Herrera on to close the defensive door.
“We were always in control. I think we won comfortably and the result could be bigger.
“It’s a natural evolution of things. The way we are playing football. The kind of football we are trying to play.
“Sometimes we don’t but we always try to do that kind of football the way that the team is defending because it’s a completely different way to defend.”
Mourinho also offered up words of praise for his two-goal match winning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“If he doesn’t score, the contribution will be there because he can’t score every week, he added. “The way he holds the ball, the way he’s a target man and gives stability to the team, I think he was very good again.
“He’s very good in the air but he’s very good with his feet, he holds the ball better than anyone and his movement is great.
“He drops back and gives the team another option, I’m very happy with his performance and the collective effort of the team to keep a clean sheet - everybody working really hard.”