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09:05  28 july  2016
09:05  28 july  2016 Source:   skysports.com

Man United agree personal terms with Pogba

  Man United agree personal terms with Pogba Manchester United have taken a huge step in signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba by agreeing personal terms with the Frenchman, according to the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old has agreed to a five-year contract and will be paid £220,000 a week after tax if his move from the Bianconeri goes through. It is understood that Juventus rejected United’s opening offer of £84 million yesterday and the Reds are expected to up that figure in the next couple of days, with Pogba having stated his desire to leave Turin, according to the front pages of numerous Italian papers: Twitter: Tomorrow’s sports dailies in Italy all on the same theme | Pogba has decided. Dear Juve let me go. https://t.co/P8A038Jmx7 (@JamesHorncastle) The Serie A champions are desperate not to lose their star man but have already prepared for the Frenchman’s departure with the signing of Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic. United manager José Mourinho had been confident of securing Pogba’s return to Old Trafford, having spoken of four priority transfer targets in his initial press conference. With moves for Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan already completed, the 23-year-old’s signature will complete the transfer jigsaw if the two clubs can agree a transfer fee. Pogba, who is currently on holiday as he recovers from his Euro 2016 campaign with France, left United in acrimonious circumstances in 2009, after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over a lack of first-team football. Wages were also an issue, with Ferguson also maintain a tetchy relationship with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. The summer-long saga looks set to end with Pogba’s return to the Theatre of Dreams and his arrival will no doubt please United fans, who have seen him develop into one of football’s top midfielders during his time away from Manchester United.

"For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere near there yet." Speaking recently to Pogba 's old youth coach at United, Paul McGuinness, it's clear that not everyone is so concerned about the player not yet being the

Matic believes that Pogba ’s form is good news for United and that there is even better to come. “As I’ve said in previous interviews about him, he’s very important for us. The confidence for the next game is going to be better and he needs to know that he still can improve .

Manchester United would not be getting the finished article in Paul Pogba but that should be a cause for excitement rather than concern. From his early days at Old Trafford through to his years in Italy, the Pogba story is one of continual improvement, writes Adam Bate.

Jose Mourinho has already had a taste of the noise that can surround Manchester United. So many club legends, so many opinions. As Mourinho put it, these icons have the opportunity to "create a more difficult situation" given the influence that they wield.

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Nemanja Matic believes Paul Pogba can still improve and become a regular match-winner for Manchester United after his brace in their Boxing Day victory over Huddersfield Town.

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Perhaps it was Paul Scholes who Mourinho had in mind given that the United great had recently spoken out over the proposed fee to be paid to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford. "I just don't think he is worth £86m," said Scholes, in typically forthright fashion.

"For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere near there yet." Understandably, the headlines followed. But perhaps the key word in that sentence was the last one. Nowhere near there yet.

For while Pogba's talent has never been in doubt, not since well before he arrived United from Le Havre as a 16-year-old in 2009, his tale is one of hard work too. Hours spent in the gym and on the training ground, and the continuous improvement that those efforts have brought.

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But Pogba publically thanked his former manager for helping to “ improve ” him after last Saturday’s 5-1 win against Cardiff City, and Matic believes there is more to come from the club’s record signing after The confidence for the next game is going to be better and he needs to know that he still can improve .

Pogba scored twice as United beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Boxing Day and already looks a player reborn after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

Speaking recently to Pogba's old youth coach at United, Paul McGuinness, it's clear that not everyone is so concerned about the player not yet being the finished article. "You can't be that at 23," McGuinness told Sky Sports. "So you're paying for the potential."

For McGuinness, that "potential is massive" for Pogba to become a "special player". In fact, the excitement over Pogba's possible arrival should partly be because he isn't at the top of his game yet. Especially given that the Frenchman has a history of surpassing even high expectations.

Former United player Gary Neville is among many who have pointed out that Pogba wasn't considered quite as good as Ravel Morrison among the group that McGuinness took to FA Youth Cup success in 2011. But while Morrison has made little impact at Lazio, Pogba has emerged as a star at Juventus.

Again, the theme has been one of progress. "Pogba is a great player," Juve icon Alessandro Del Piero told Sky Sports last year. "He has a rare talent and is unique. He has great mobility and technique, combined with an impressive physicality. And he is improving."

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Pogba arrived in Italy as someone who, according to McGuinness, "would float out of games and whose positional play wouldn't quite be there" but there were positive signs as well. He scored five times, picked up a Serie A winners' medal but was learning along the way.

"That first year in Turin wasn't all easy for Pogba," recalls Valentina Fass, a reporter for Sky in Italy. "He had to learn to combine talent with discipline. Antonio Conte famously didn't line him up for a match (against Pescara) because he had been late to two training sessions.

"But the strong relationship he built with some of the French speakers in the team helped him. There were guys like Patrice Evra and, more recently, Mario Lemina. From the second season onwards he became part of the first team and started to grow and improve year on year."

He has been used as a regista operating in front of the defence, was given the No 10 shirt in 2015, and was even asked to play from the left side at times - a victim of his own versatility. But it also brought a completeness. Pogba has developed throughout all of these experiences.

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Consider the numbers behind his progress and it's truly remarkable. In Serie A last season, Pogba ranked among the top 20 players in the country for goals and for shots; for assists, chances created and through-balls; for dribbles and for tackles.

Despite already being an established star, this was his best season so far on all seven of those metrics. In fact, Pogba had more assists last season than in his entire league career prior to that combined. For the fourth year in a row, the frequency of his chance creation increased.

There were also signs of Pogba embracing his positional responsibilities. While still getting around the pitch to put in tackles, he was dribbled past less regularly than in the three previous campaigns - once every 125 minutes. The maturity is coming.

So is he now the midfielder who has everything? Is he, as former Juventus defender Lilian Thuram suggested in September, the trascinatore - literally, the feeder - serving his team up and down the pitch in attack and defence? With help, he's getting there.

"Even at 23 you don't have everything," said McGuinness. "What you need is an old head alongside you pointing you in the right direction." At United he had the best teachers around, with his Premier League debut coming alongside that man Scholes.

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It was a similar story in Turin. "He landed at Juventus as a 19-year-old to learn from Andrea Pirlo," added Fass. "He has had some of the best midfielders in the world teaching him with Pirlo, Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio."

However, perhaps the key man to learn from now is not on the field but off it. Mourinho might have passionately defended his youth development record but it's taking players to the next level that's his real strength. It's that skill of transforming potential into consistency.

John Terry was 23 when he first played under Mourinho and became a club icon. Pogba could soon have the chance to do the same back at the club where it all began. At £86m, not every United legend is backing him. But maybe he'll become one of those legends himself - if he continues that happy habit of improving.

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Paul Pogba is officially back at Manchester United, having made his transfer from Juventus official in the early hours of Tuesday morning. However, whilst there’s little doubt about the Frenchman’s extreme talent, the player’s sizeable transfer fee has left some remaining unconvinced. The £89 million fee has certainly divided opinion, with former Reds like Phil Neville applauding the transfer whilst Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness was amongst those who questioned the fee. The opinion amongst football fans in a broader sense seems to have been equally divisive. The fact that Pogba is merely a midfielder, and therefore won’t be aiding United’s cause with tonnes of goals and assists in the same way an expensive new striker would, has also impacted fans’ perception of the 23-year-old’s value. You’ve probably already heard the reasons why Pogba isn’t worth his £89 million price tag, so now it’s time to acknowledge why the Frenchman is in fact worth his fee.

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