Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently stated that the Premier League was the perfect place for Paul Pogba to develop into the world’s best player, away from the shadow of the two best in the world right now — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho spoke about the arrival of his fourth signing at Old Trafford, 23-year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba. The Portuguese manager believes this is the best destination for Pogba and the club can help him develop to his full potential. The former Chelsea boss also suggested that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would not let the Frenchman develop to their level.
“United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be,” said Mourinho after Man United’s win over Leicester City in the Community Shield, according to SkySports.
“The Premier League is the perfect habitat if you want to be the best player in the world. If you go to Barca or Madrid you are in trouble, because I don’t think the other two big guys will let you develop to that level.”
Mourinho added that at United, Pogba would be part of a team that was looking to get back to the top of English and European football.
“We have everything to give him,” said the Portuguese. “Money he will get in any big club. He comes because he knows the club, the city, many of the players and to be part of the Manchester United project.”
Man United fans went berserk as the official club website announced that Paul Pogba was set to undertake a medical at the AON training complex ahead of a return to Old Trafford. The transfer fee that Serie A champions Juventus will receive is reportedly a record-breaking €120 million, while his salary is expected to be in the region of €13 million annually.
The Frenchman was an academy player at United, but left in 2012 because of a fallout with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson over a lack of first team opportunities. He has since gone on to become a mainstay in the Juventus and France midfield, winning four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias, as well as featuring in a Champions League final with Juventus and a European Championship final with France.
Pogba completes the quartet of signings that Mourinho had promised in his first press-conference as United manager, joining striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and central defender Eric Bailly.