United Had Their Trousers Pulled Down Over Pogba Claims Souness
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has hit out at the transfer fee Manchester United had to pay for Paul Pogba last summer. But the former Liverpool and Sampdoria star says such inflated prices aren’t down to United alone.
United paid Serie A side Juventus €100million (at the time worth £89million) for the France international in August 2016. The move came just four years after the Premier League side allowed Pogba to leave for a nominal compensation fee when his contract expired at Old Trafford.
Pogba has struggled to live up to his billing as the world’s most expensive player and Souness believes United paid well over the odds.
“United have to pay a premium. For United, stick 25 per cent on the price,” Souness told Sky Sports during the side’s 0-0 draw at Southampton on Wednesday night.The result means the side will finish in sixth place in the Premier League regardless of results on the final day of the season.
“Because it’s Man United and they have the money. In my opinion, they had their trousers taken down paying 100million,” Souness added.
“I’m yet to be convinced by that. He may be a player one day but right now as we sit here after one year in our football, I’m still waiting to be convinced.”
Pogba was ruled out of last night’s game due to the recent death of his father, but Souness also hit out at the two players United had in midfielder last night, youngster Axel Tuanzebe making only his third Premier League start, and Belgium international Marouane Fellaini.
“This is Manchester United we are talking about. Man United,” said Souness.
“One of the biggest football clubs in the world, the richest clubs in the world and they’re playing those two in midfield.
“They’re looking for them to be creative. One is a centre-half and the other one, I’m not quite sure what Fellaini is.”