POGBA’S INFLUENCE GROWING AT OLD TRAFFORD
France international Paul Pogba moved back to Old Trafford after going out to enjoy success with Juventus.
Jose Mourinho broke the world transfer record to land the player. After an initial struggle time, he seemed to have settled very well into his role.
With long time star Wayne Rooney returning to his boyhood club Everton FC, the influence of Pogba at Stretford End is set to grow exponentially. The former skipper was frustrated with lack of regular game time so he had to exit the club eventually despite talks of fighting for a shirt.
Obviously a gap is created but even Mourinho said Pogba can fill this gap. The former Chelsea boss praised Rooney for being “a very positive influence” but added that it was time for others to step up. He said it was likely Michael Carrick’s last year at the club so the team would need to transition again.
Carrick is the last member of the 2008 Champions League winning team. He is expected to be the leader of the team in Rooney’s absence. However, the player, due to age, form and game play might have to sit out some games. Mourinho decided against naming an assistant but Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are strong contenders. Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are also experienced heads in the team as well.
On Pogba, Mourinho said: “I would say the leader of the young guys. He is probably the oldest of the young guys. He’s for sure the one with more experience because he’s the one that played Champions League final, Euro final, Europa League final. He has big experience at such a young age.”
Within a short time of returning to the club, the player’s influence has grown and is growing. After Carrick and Valencia have their shot, Pogba might be next to lead for a long time.