Paul Pogba has revealed former team-mate Paul Scholes was the one who impressed him the most at Manchester United.
The Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford in 2009 and instantly impressed with his unique blend of power and skill, but left for Juventus in 2012 after a disagreement with Sir Alex Ferguson.
And after four years with Juventus, Pogba returned to Man United last month for world record fee of £89m
When asked who impressed him the most upon his initial arrival to England, the midfielder responded: “Paul Scholes. ‘Scholsey’. His foot, it was settled. He could hit ten times, ten times he put the ball in the same place. And then of course, the physical impact, strength, explosiveness, keystrokes.
“It started there, keystrokes away. Because they shoot a lot, they tell you to shoot all the time.
“You’re in position, you pull. They want to score goals over there, that’s how. It’s not like in Italy where the only thing that matters is tactics.”
Pogba is not the first global superstar to shower praise on Scholes. The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho, Xabi Alonso have all famously lauded the Englishman. Even Lionel Messi noted that at La Masia, the academy system that produces generations of world-beaters for Barcelona, Scholes’ name was “mentioned a lot.”
It’s almost as if Scholes’ sheer brilliance can only be fully understood if you are, in turn, a great player as well. His sheer genius can only be comprehended by a select few, like an elite group of scientists discovering something groundbreaking.
Make no mistake, his brilliance is timeless, and if Pogba managed to derive anything from playing with Scholes in the flesh, from seeing what he did every day, Jose Mourinho has some player on his hands.