It’s not only Manchester United that will be happy this one is done. After one of the most protracted transfers in football history, the press and even opposition club supporters will be pleased that they no longer have to have their favourite publications adorned, on a daily basis, with pseudo news about the world record purchase.
But we should still be allowed a little time to reflect on the largest football transfer in history. Jose Mourinho will be pleased as punch that he has got his man and it can completely change the course of the season.
Pogba’s athleticism, his driving runs and dribbling skills, his presence and his goal scoring ability will be a massive addition to a midfield which has lacked the character of old, when the likes of Keane, Beckham, Scholes and Giggs never gave the opponent a moment of peace.
And Jose was eloquent as ever when he spoke about what Pogba can bring to Manchester United.
“Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future.
“He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is.
“At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.
“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”
The Guardian later quotes him as saying:
“He’s a very young player, an unbelievable midfield player with such physicality but, at the same time, such agility, coordination, skill. He has everything,” he said. “What he has to learn now is how to play with us because I always say that in football you can be a super player, like he is, but a team is a team and you need to learn how to play in the team, and the team needs to learn how to play with you. We need to get the best out of him and this will be a process. So if he needs protection, I am here to protect.’
As for the player himself, there wasn’t even a suggestion that money was the main factor in this move. The Frenchman genuinely seems to view this as his opportunity to become the best player in the world.
“I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”
TFF believes that it will take time for the young man to settle.
But when he does find his match fitness by the autumn, we can expect goals and match-winning performances from a guy who seems absolutely made up to be returning to the club of his formative years.
In his first interview with MUTV he said:
“I just came back to Carrington and it was like I just came back home. I just went for a holiday…
I see everyone the same person and it’s just a great feeling”
When asked by the interviewer why he decided to come back to Manchester United he said:
“I would say it’s destiny.”