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Sport Would Pogba transform Man Utd?

15:40  21 july  2016
15:40  21 july  2016 Source:   skysports.com

Utd in £100m Pogba talks

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Manchester United are chasing a world-record deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but what kind of impact could he have at Old Trafford? And how would he fit into Jose Mourinho's side?

The start of the Premier League season is still weeks away but Manchester United aren't wasting any time in the transfer market. Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have already signed up for Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford revolution, and the likelihood is growing that Paul Pogba will be next.

Juventus are holding out for a record-breaking fee in the region of £100m, but it seems unlikely to be a stumbling block. Mourinho made it clear he wanted his fourth signing in place as soon as possible in his opening press conference, and Sky in Italy say United have already agreed personal terms with Pogba as they aim to conclude their negotiations with Juventus.

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Pogba, of course, has unfinished business in the Premier League. The Frenchman left Old Trafford under a cloud in 2012 having grown frustrated at a lack of playing opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson, and United watched ruefully as he blossomed from rough diamond to global superstar at Juventus.

A player they lost on a free transfer now looks set to return at a staggering cost, but United have good reason to believe the expenditure would be worth it. Pogba has improved from season to season at Juventus, winning four consecutive Serie A titles and amassing over 200 appearances for a club and country who have afforded him chances he couldn't have imagined as a disillusioned teenager at Carrington.

And while Pogba's most recent campaign ended with a muted display in the Euro 2016 final, it was certainly his best yet. A career high of eight league goals and 12 assists helped Juventus clinch the Scudetto by a nine-point margin, and there was a Coppa Italia triumph to atone for the disappointment of an early Champions League elimination by Bayern Munich.

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MANCHESTER UNITED star Paul Pogba does not have the discipline to perform at the highest level week-in, week-out. Pogba shook off any baggage he may have picked up at United by figuring prominently as France won the World Cup earlier this month.

The Frenchman has seen his every move scrutinised since returning to Old Trafford, but he always knew that somebody would break his transfer record.

Pogba's rare combination of superlative physical and technical qualities is what sets him apart. His power and stamina are perfectly suited to a box-to-box midfield role, and his passing and dribbling ability is matched by composed finishing and devastating long-range shooting. Pogba is a ball-winner, too, having developed defensive awareness to complement his offensive strengths.

He is, in short, about as complete as modern midfielders come. Pogba is the kind of influence Manchester United's midfield has sorely lacked in recent seasons. From Daley Blind to Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Red Devils have invested in five central midfielders since Ferguson's departure in 2013, but none have risen to the task.

Pogba would fill a long-standing problem position for United, and the statistics suggest the upgrade would be considerable. Not since Paul Scholes in the 2004/05 season has a central midfielder scored as many as eight goals in a single league season for Manchester United, and Pogba produced more assists (12) than all of United's midfielders combined in 2015/16.

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The Frenchman practically has a midfield made to order now following the £52.5m man 's arrival, but that means there are no more excuses either.

Pogba also came out on top for dribbles, shots and chances created per game, and it is similarly impressive that his attacking output was supported by an average of 2.3 successful tackles per game. It puts him only narrowly behind the more defensively-minded Schneiderlin, and way ahead of Michael Carrick - two players who might find themselves competing to partner Pogba next season.

Indeed, that seems most likely to be Pogba's place in Mourinho's starting line-up. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager typically uses a 4-2-3-1 formation, which would allow Pogba to start as the more attacking member of the midfield two, behind either Wayne Rooney or new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan at No 10.

It was in a similar system that Pogba produced his best performances for Didier Deschamps during France's Euro 2016 campaign, but Mourinho will also have noted his ability to play in various midfield positions. The 23-year-old has frequently operated in a left-sided role for Juventus, and his attacking threat also raises the possibility of playing further up the pitch behind a striker.

'No deal done yet' for Pogba, says Raiola

  'No deal done yet' for Pogba, says Raiola The Juventus midfielder is understood to be on the verge of a massive transfer back to Manchester United but his agent claims that any agreement is yet to be madeGoal understands that United have reached an agreement to re-sign Pogba, who left the Red Devils in 2012 to join Juventus, for a world-record fee in the region of €110m. However, Pogba's representative Raiola has since taken to Twitter to claim that no club has triggered a deal to sign Pogba at this stage.

It is easy to see why he is United's priority. Mourinho has significantly bolstered the spine of his side with the additions of Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic and the retention of David de Gea in goal, but Pogba is the missing piece of the puzzle. He would come at an unprecedented cost, but he could be the most important piece, too.

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