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Peter Schmeichel: Man United have made a big statement with Paul Pogba signing

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has lauded the signing of Paul Pogba, claiming Jose Mourinho has made a great statement by landing the 23-year-old signature.

The Frenchman returned to Old Trafford last month for a world-record fee of £89m after spending four years at Juventus.

And much to the delight of Man United supporters, Pogba has made a confident start to life under Jose Mourinho, dictating proceedings in midfield in wins over Southampton and Hull City.

Speaking to Omnisport, the Dane was quick to praise the 23-year-old superstar.

“He went away, spent four very successful years with Juventus and now Man United brought him back and paid an absolute fortune,” he said.

“You can argue how you can let him go in the first place, but the important thing is the statement that he is the best player in the world for that position.”

“And we don’t care how much he costs, we can pay him. So can Man City, so can Chelsea, so can other clubs, but we can [too]. We make our own money; we don’t have someone sat back putting the money in.”

“We make our own money and that’s how successful we are as Manchester United and we can buy the players we want. And I think that’s a great statement, we as supporters haven’t seen that for three years.”

Over the summer, an important shift happened in the world of transfer business. For the first time in years, a superstar – a genuine global superstar with the world at his feet – didn’t end up going to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

It was always thought that Pogba would follow in the footsteps of, say, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Neymar, and so on. The footballing elite of this world seemingly end up in one place, as if being accepted into a club of pure elites whilst the wider world watches on in awe.

But United emphatically bucked that trend, becoming the only English club to break the world transfer record in the 21st century. It is perhaps the greatest statement a club can make to the juggernauts of Spain – an emphatic demonstration that, even after the years of mediocrity, United refuse to be trampled on.

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