Manchester United’s reported pursuit of former charge Paul Pogba has dominated column inches this summer, with it believed to be only a matter of time before the Old Trafford outfit complete a world-record transfer for the all-action midfielder.
Regardless of the merits of the reported extortionate fee or the fact that United gave up the France international on a free transfer just four years ago, there is no doubting that Pogba would revitalise the Red Devils midfield.
Jose Mourinho is not short of options in the boiler room, with his predecessor Louis van Gaal usually playing two of experienced trio Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick.
While all of the afore-mentioned players bring plenty of positive attributes, Pogba would offer a whole new skillset.
22 – Since his debut Paul Pogba has provided more assists in Serie A than any other Juventus player (22). Inventive. pic.twitter.com/6DyAKyoH6M
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The vastly successful United sides of the Sir Alex Ferguson days had Paul Scholes as an ever-present in the heart of the team, with the superb playmaker offering a box-to-box threat.
None of the current contingent currently have this capacity, with Schweinsteiger’s ageing legs preventing him from the rumbustious performances that categorised his younger days.
Pogba on the other hand has the full repertoire; poise in possession, a physical presence, the ability to score and a ferocious tackle.
But the Juventus star’s ability to break forward and his sheer athleticism would surely be the main bonus attribute that United would inherit upon his return to Old Trafford.
If Mourinho is worried about a lack of legs in Schweinsteiger or Carrick, partnering one of them with the ultra-mobile Pogba would surely be a winning dynamic and pose plenty of headaches to Premier League opposition in 2016-17.