Over the summer, Manchester United broke the world record transfer fee to bring Paul Pogba back to the Theatre of Dreams, with Jose Mourinho intent on making a big impression at his new club. The 23-year-old has made a geat start to life at Old Trafford, but he did struggle against Liverpool on Sunday.
Shortly after the match, in a totally unrelated interview, his former teammate Giorgio Chiellini has come out and basically admitted that the Serie A giants are really missing Paul Pogba.
“Last year we had a player like Pogba in midfield which is LeBron James, the Usain Bolt of football,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
“Having him in the field even when maybe you did not notice, allowing you to play differently.
“This year he’s gone and we’re changing the way we stay on the field.”
At the end of the day, although no player is bigger than any club, when you lose a footballer as technically gifted as the Frenchman it is going to hurt you. His calmness on the ball certainly rubs off on his teammates, and you have to remember that he did spend a lot of time in Turin, and became a real hero amongst their fanbase as well as having a huge impact on the field.
We’ve seen just how good of a player he is over the last few months as he’s controlled pretty much every game he took to the field in. It’s just a shame that he chose to have his off day in such a high-profile game, but I fully expect him to come back fighting when United play Stoke City at the weekend.