Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is of the opinion that Paul Pogba could go on to become one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
After completing his world-record transfer from Juventus, Paul Pogba played his first game for Manchester United as they hosted Southampton on Friday. Pogba started the game and played for the entire course of the contest. He looked the part and was probably one of United’s best players on the day.
The French midfielder recorded the most touches (103) among any Manchester United player. He also contested the highest number of duels for his side, going into a challenge on a staggering 20 occasions. Pogba also successfully intercepted the opposition’s passes 13 times and attempted four shots on goal – one more than double goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Old Trafford faithful were immediately taken by their new signing, and club legend Ryan Giggs too, heaped praise on the 23-year old’s majestic second debut for the Red Devils. During his post-match analysis on Sky Sports, Giggs said:
“He’s [Pogba] a talent. You see the size of him and the physicality of the Premier League won’t be a problem for him.
“He could be a Roy Keane, Bryan Robson or Steven Gerrard, someone who can do everything. We get too hung up on ‘he’s a sitting midfielder or he’s an attacking midfielder’ but why can’t a midfielder do everything? That’s what they’re supposed to do.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic too has enjoyed a pulsating start to his Manchester United career. With four goals in only three games he has already shown his worth and proved that he is still at the top of his game despite being 34 years old. A United side that often struggled to find the back of the net last season, have found a saviour in the Swedish talisman.
Giggs labeled Ibrahimovic as a “brilliant asset” and also explained what he brings to the table for the Red Devils.
“When United signed Ibrahimovic, we were talking about the quality that he brings, the hold-up play, the flicks but we didn’t talk about these sort of headed goals, these typical English centre-forward goals and he’s scored two of them already. It’s a brilliant asset to have,” said the United legend.