Graeme Souness’ digs at Paul Pogba are the stuff of internet legend by now.
And a week ahead of the new season, Souness has given his verdict on Manchester United’s two new signings.
While we don’t pay too much attention to what Souness says, it is always noteworthy when a pundit writes off a Manchester United player, so that their words will come back to haunt them.
Souness told The Times: “With Sancho, they have paid for potential. At 21, he is still developing but I have not seen enough from him yet to persuade me he is the finished product, which is what you should get for that fee.
“United are not paying £70 million for a player to be the difference against Norwich City and Brentford, but to be the difference when they play Liverpool, City and Chelsea.”
Every Manchester United fan would accept Sancho is a work in progress. But that does not mean he is not worth the money. Sancho is considerably cheaper than he was last summer too.
The winger set records in the Bundesliga for goals and assists for a player of his age, and will be a huge player for Manchester United for years to come.
Sancho has goals against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and RB Leizpig on his record so far. He is very capable of influencing games against the top teams in the Premier League.
The Sancho to United move has often not quite felt real just yet. Now, after seeing Souness criticise the transfer – it feels real. Sancho is a Manchester United player now.
Souness did say he was more convinced by Raphael Varane. He said: “He is an experienced player, used to pressure after playing at Real for ten years, and he is lightning quick, which will help them play higher up the pitch and press more aggressively, as all the top teams do now. He could be a fabulous partner for Harry Maguire.”
Obligatory Pogba comment
Souness also chimed in on Pogba, asking: “Will Paul Pogba be distracted by his future?”, and added it could be a problem for United.
Questions over Pogba’s future are fair, but his on-pitch performances have rarely been affected by his indecision over a new contract.
Pogba was one of Manchester United’s best players last season, playing a key role in a more attacking role.
While it will be tricky for United to keep all of the players happy, the Frenchman has always been a top professional for United, irrespective of the noise around him.
His latest tweet suggested he is focused on staying put, for now, and that bodes well for United.
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