Former Manchester United youth-team coach Paul McGuiness has tipped new signing Paul Pogba to have a big future at Old Trafford.
Following months of speculation, it was announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning that Pogba had finally joined Man United, signing for a world record £89m fee.
McGuinness, an academy coach since 1992, has overseen the progression of numerous talents – one of which being the Frenchman from 2009 to 2012.
The 50-year-old insisted earlier that Pogba was destined for a bright future at United.
“He’s on the verge of being a world star. He’s not a Ronaldo or a Messi yet but he’s the player with the biggest potential in world football at the moment,” said McGuinness.
“Paul is capable of some fantastic and exciting things and it is all there for him.
“He’s dedicated, he’s committed and a good learner and you add all the natural attributes he has and you have a very special player with a special future ahead of him.
“He will be a big influence in England because young kids will want to copy the skills he will bring in the same way Cristiano Ronaldo brought new tricks to this country.
“You see little kids doing the tricks to this day that Ronaldo introduced all those years ago. Paul will have the same effect.”
Pogba’s time at United as a youngster was scrutinised by many, and anybody who saw the Frenchman in the flesh instantly saw something tantalisingly different and sublime. But nobody inspected and shaped Pogba’s game as intensely as McGuinness. Of all people, it is perhaps McGuinness who understands the real Pogba better than anybody else.
But even the standard follower of football is aware of the 23-year-old’s idiosyncratic brilliance. He has a notably unique style, and, much like the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is capable of creating moments of sheer game-changing brilliance.
The most tantalising aspect of Pogba as a player, though, is his age – just 23, meaning his best years are still to come. With an array of youthful talent already prevalent at Old Trafford, United fans could witness something truly special in the next few seasons.