Rio Ferdinand has offered some great insights into the mind of Manchester United’s top target Paul Pogba in an interview which will perhaps reassure United fans about his motives for a potential move.
In a fascinating interview in The Independent, the eloquent Rio Ferdinand states:
“I speak to Paul, I know him. He’s someone for whom it’s all about football. It’s not about money. The biggest thing for me and my own family [upon joining United in 2002] wasn’t the money, it was: ‘What’s Giggsy like? What’s Keane like?’
“Paul’s like that. He loves football. It’s all about improving and being the best. When he left I asked him why and he said: ‘I want to be the best player in the world.’ He’s on the right track. He’s not there yet.”
The player himself has been very guarded about his intentions as the deal gets thrashed out between the parties.
But it is very reassuring to hear that football is very much the priority of Pogba.
TFF always felt the same way about Wayne Rooney. Twice in his career he was rumoured to want to leave Manchester United for a big pay day. But we never saw money as his motive and his love of football made him such a force to be reckoned with.
If Pogba has that same winning mentality then he will be worth his weight in diamonds to Manchester United over the next decade.
The 23-year-old pretty much ticks all the boxes for a midfielder. First and foremost he’s a hard worker, a great athlete and someone who always give his all.
Add to that the wonderful first touch, the extravagant creativity, the blistering long-range strikes, the passing ability and the physicality of the man and TFF believes that Manchester United may be about to sign the next Yaya Toure.
But what we can’t comprehend is quite why this deal is taking so long to complete. Pogba is due to return to training with Juventus on Sunday after he returns from his summer holiday in America.
Manchester United fans will hope that his return will be the catalyst for the deal to be finally agreed.