‘One of the top players in the world’ – Former United boss urges club to keep hold of midfielder
Ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes has urged his former club to ensure Paul Pogba stays at Old Trafford beyond this summer, amid reports that the Frenchman could leave the club before transfer windows close across Europe.
The 26-year-old was reportedly subject of a bid worth £27.6m from Real Madrid, which included the services of Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.
That was turned down by United in recent weeks, with Sky Sports reporting that the Spanish giants do not have the required funds to make Pogba their latest marquee signing, having already splashed out nearly £300m on new players this summer, including Eden Hazard.
Moyes thinks any forthcoming offer should be also turned down if Madrid were to return to the negotiating table over Pogba, claiming that the World Cup winner is one of the world’s best – and United would be worse off if he was to depart Old Trafford for a second time.
He told talkSPORT: “I think Manchester United should keep Pogba because he is one of the top players in the world.
“He has got really good ability. He might have just needed a bit of time to settle.
“I think it has been unsettling because of the way him or his agent have come out and said he wants to move again.
“But if you look at Manchester United’s midfield on Sunday, not having Paul Pogba would have made them much weaker.”
But regardless of his positive start to the season, one big reason to hold onto Pogba would be United’s inability to replace him until January – with sales still very much possible across Europe as transfer deadlines do not pass until early September.
Another would be having to somehow replace his goal involvement as a consequence – and having already let last year’s second-highest goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku go last week, removing the goal-scoring and goal-creating Pogba within the same window would leave United without their main sources of goals for the coming months.
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