10 August 2017
Former Manchester United manager and most recently, Sunderland, David Moyes, has questioned whether Paul Pogba can make the difference for Manchester United, especially in big games.
Pogba, who cost a then-world record transfer fee of £89million when joining the Red Devils last year, has emerged over the past 12 months as a key man in the dressing room for Jose Mourinho’s men.
And the French international has widely been tipped to really kick on in his second season since returning to Old Trafford.
But former United chief Moyes, though reckoning Pogba to be an outstanding talent, questions whether the midfielder is capable of turning the biggest matches in United’s favour.
“I think he’s a top player, [but] I don’t know if he’s a player who completely makes a difference for Manchester United,” said Moyes, speaking to ESPN FC.
“I think that over the years Manchester United have had players like Cantona, even Ryan Giggs, people who are special players.
“I don’t know if Pogba’s that, I think he’s a good player, I think he’ll add to Manchester United, but will he make the difference? Is he someone who will score the goal at really important stages in games or make the key pass? I’m not sure about that.
“But I do think that the machine that Manchester United are now, the size, the players they’ve got, you know they’ve got a massive stature to their team, I think Pogba adds to that.
“And I do think he’s a good player, but I’m not quite sure if he’ll make the difference in key games.”
Pogba and United kick off their Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on Sunday, when they face West Ham.