Manchester United sanctioned the most expensive transfer in the history of football over the summer, when Jose Mourinho spent an huge £89million to bring in Paul Pogba from Juventus. The Frenchman started out nicely, but since his debut he has really struggled to make his mark on the Premier League.
Now, one former icon in the form of Bryan Robson has had his say on the situation. The man who single-handedly guided United to an FA Cup trophy in the 80s has claimed that our midfield maestro is doing alright, but perhaps he is trying too hard at times.
‘I think he is doing OK but it’s just OK at the moment and we know there is better to come from Paul,’ Robson said.
‘Sometimes you can try too hard and you try to do things that you wouldn’t normally try to do.
‘Once you have been in a while you think “just relax, get back to your basics”. That’s what Paul needs to do, enjoy his football and not be worrying about the transfer fee because he does have the ability.’
The man who spent thirteen years at Old Trafford then went on to discuss the transfer fee, and added that Pogba just needs to settle down and play his natural game. At the end of the day, that type of money will take their toll on any player, no matter how talented they are.
‘I think the fee can hang there I have seen it happen with quite a few players who have come to the club,’ the former captain added.
‘It just takes you a fair few months just to settle down and play your own game.
‘I wasn’t impressed with my first year at United. I then went to the World Cup in Spain and that gave me a load of confidence and I came back and just didn’t even think about the fee any more.
‘I just got back into it in the 1982-83 season and started enjoying my football again like I did at West Brom.’
We all watched plenty of Pogba before he jetted off to Italy, and the talent is clearly there. During his time with the Old Lady, he grew as a player and rapidly turned into one of the best on the planet. It will take time for him to settle back into his new surroundings, but he will be a success at the Theatre of Dreams.