Connect in the back of the net

There have been talks and rumors at length about Paul Pogba’s future: on whether he will stay in Juventus or opt for a move back to Old Trafford or the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pogba inelegantly left Manchester United in 2012 after falling out with the then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but the 23-year old has gone on to become one of the highest rated central midfielders in the world.

Since his appointment, Jose Mourinho has already brought on board Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but until the Manchester United gaffer secures his fourth and final signing of the summer, speculations linking Pogba to United will continue to run rife.

Be that as it may, here are my four reasons why Manchester United shouldn’t go for the Juventus star.

 

Too expensive

Goals, exquisite long range passing and an imposing physical presence, Pogba is without question a top drawer player: quite rightly better than most…but the price tag just doesn’t suffice.

On some days the price has been said to be £120 million, at times £100 million, but will it really be worth it? I think not.

Mourinho could easily acquire a marquee central midfielder for half the price being demanded by Juve, as he should.

 

Massive ego

All geniuses are flawed, and Paul Pogba isn’t any different.

Despite his immensely talented nature, the one massive stag is his attitude: not anything to do with his work ethic, but everything to do with his bossy demeanor.

Pogba in quite unconstrained fashion lashed out at Moussa Sissoko following France’s concession of a goal against Portugal last Sunday during the final of the European Championship.

His actions may have been as a result of his innate, unyielding desire to succeed, but that was no way to treat a teammate in the glaring eyes of the whole world.

 

Too many cooks spoil the broth

The Galacticos of Real Madrid never won the Champions League for the simple reason that too many cooks spoil the broth.

Mourinho himself never did it either during his three seasons at the Bernabeu, while Manchester City are still seemingly miles away from their first ever European triumph.

Having a figure like Ibra in the dressing room is already in and within itself a monumental task, how then will the egos of Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic live in mutual, harmonious co-existence?

Jose Mourinho certainly has his work cut out for him should Pogba return to Old Trafford.

 

Makes the club look bad

If there is one club capable of paying the asking price for the transfer, then it’s assuredly Manchester United.

Should it ever materialize, it will topple Gareth Bale’s £85 million move to Real Madrid as the most expensive signing of all time.

The one problem however is that paying £100 million for a player who left as a free agent four years ago utterly beats logic and goes against everything that United stands for as a club.

It should be noted that this particular criticism is for the said transfer fee, and not necessarily for the player.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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