Former Manchester United fullback Gary Neville has hailed the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus, stating that the midfielder’s big personality will empower the dressing room.
Man United, prior to Sunday’s 2-1 Community Shield win over Leicester City, announced that Pogba was set to undergo a medical.
The Frenchman will rejoin Man United after four years with Juventus for a reported sum of £89m, breaking the world transfer record set by Gareth Bale in 2013.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville stated the importance of Pogba’s inclusion for United’s dressing room.
“It’s important not just for United that they sign players of stature and personality,” Neville he said.
“I think that with Mourinho going there with Zlatan and Pogba there are players who will stick their shoulders out, they’ll have the strength of personality and character which I think United have lacked in the last two or three years.
“You think of the fact Giggs left, Scholes left, Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra amongst others who had huge personalities at the club who were propping the club up in the changing room for many years.
“I think the idea of Zlatan and Pogba returning there is big on the personality front.
“It’s a big fee but I think also the Premier League was losing players left, right and centre to Spain. All the grade a players were going to Spain.”
It was no surprise that Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013 precipitated a sudden in stature and personality, as Neville puts it, in the dressing room at Old Trafford. David Moyes’ apathetic, conservative nature precluded the emergence of ‘leaders’, and Louis van Gaal‘s overly authoritarian nature was ultimately alienating.
However, under Jose Mourinho, United are in the process of rediscovering the verve and arrogance that hallmarked their performances throughout the glory days. His inclusion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, two gigantic, serial winners with a worldwide reputation, will generate a level of conviction and sense of omnipotence amongst this exciting group of experience and youthful exuberance.
If the attitudes of Pogba, Zlatan and, or course, Mourinho can permeate through the rest of the squad, a promising future lies ahead.