Manchester United kicked off their 2018/19 season with a win over Leicester City.
Despite a disappointing end to the summer transfer window, the Red Devils picked up a 2-1 win over the Foxes at Old Trafford. After returning from winning the World Cup with France, Paul Pogba stepped up to put home an early penalty; scoring the first goal of the Premier League season. Their lead was doubled by Luke Shaw whose goal delighted Jose Mourinho on the touchline. A late goal from Jamie Vardy wasn’t enough to get Leicester back into the game.
Mourinho will be glad to see Pogba make a goalscoring start to the season after falling out of favour last year. The Frenchman was rumoured with a move to Barcelona on deadline day but ultimately stayed at Old Trafford. However, according to reports, Barca have not given up hope of landing his services and will reignite the move in the January transfer window.
If Pogba leaves, United should go all out to sign Paris St Germain maestro – Marco Verratti. Valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, the Italian has been a crucial player for the French side since joining from Pescara as a youngster back in 2012. He made 30 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two and notching five assists.
Despite being just 25-years-old, Verratti has lifted five French league titles during his time with the Parisiens and has been vital to their success over the years. The Italy international has a fantastic range of passing, retaining a remarkable 92% pass accuracy last year, and would compliment Fred in the Manchester United midfield (WhoScored). His ability to unlock defences would mean even more goals for Romelu Lukaku in the United attack.
Pogba’s loss would be a big a blow but signing Verratti could prove to be the best move to make.
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