Paul Scholes' comments in 2016 about Paul Pogba were spot on
When Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016 there were plenty of predictions about how the Frenchman’s arrival heralded a new era.
The positivity was widely shared, with Pogba costing a record £89 million, the transfer felt like United correcting the mistake of letting him leave in the first place.
Rio Ferdinand was among those to talk up the Frenchman, telling BBC Sport: “He will relish the responsibility on his shoulders of bringing medals and trophies to the club. That won’t faze him at all.
“Bringing him back is a statement of intent. He is going to be a top player for years to come and he will make a big difference to United’s title chances.”
Ferdinand’s positivity was misplaced. Pogba’s United finished sixth twice, third once, and second once.
With Pogba now agitating to leave via his agent Mino Raiola, not for the first time, it does not look at all as though Pogba is or has relished the pressure which comes with being a Manchester United player.
It leaves concerns held in 2016 by Paul Scholes appearing to be more visionary than Ferdinand’s.
Scholes told The Guardian at the time he just was not convinced Pogba was worth the huge outlay.
The 11-time title winner said: “I just don’t think he is worth £86m. For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet.”
Scholes’ concerns were probably right. Pogba has not transformed United in the way many imagined.
Managers Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must take some responsibility of course, but so should Pogba. He has not been able to show consistency in his performances.
Bruno Fernandes is playing like the player many expected Pogba to be. With the Frenchman now angling for an exit, there appears to be little time to turn around the perception that his stint at Old Trafford has been a disappointment.
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