At last after weeks of press speculation United have announce that they have reached agreement to sign the French midfield player Paul Pogba from Italian champions Juventus.
Pogba of course is returning to Old Trafford where he worked his way through the Academy having joined United from Le Harve as a 16 year old in 2009. Pogba progressed alongside Ravel Morrison and Jesse Lingard and was a mainstay of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2011. Impatient to make further progress into the first team he left the club in the summer of 2012 having made seven first team appearances during the 2011-12 season. He joined Juventus and in his four years in Italy he has helped “the old lady” to win four consecutive Serie A titles and two Italian Cups.
Pogba is a full French international having played 38 times for France, scoring 6 goals. Before progressing to the senior side Pogba was a star of the French under-20 side which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013.
What is there to say about Paul Pogba that United fans don’t already know; whether from his previous spell at the club or from watching him mature during his spell in Italy? Well Pogba is a strong forceful and creative midfield player, he will certainly strengthen the spine of the side and provide the bite missing from that area in recent years.
During this summer as speculation has grown around the idea of a transfer back to United many people have asked the question of where he would fit into the United side? For France Pogba has played as a deep midfield player, if not a defensive midfield player then certainly a cautious one in a cautious side (would France have won Euro 2016 if they had been more assertive?). Pogba is tall and combative and his role this summer seems to have convinced many that he is a classic defensive midfield player. He is not; in fact we would say he is wasted in that role.
Paul Pogba is also creative, he has vision and can pick a creative pass as well as being strong finisher from the edge of the box. He is a dynamic player and this all means that he is closer to the classic box-to-box midfield player than most in an era where that type of player seems unfashionable. The role Pogba could play in a United side is as a shuttler in a 4-2-3-1 shape. That is a player starting deep who could move forward as United attack to be creative in higher areas, linking play through the spine of the team. Pogba should be a key player for Mourinho’s United.
Paul Pogba, welcome back to Old Trafford.