The Star in Question is Paul Pogba.
If one looks at it from a neutral perspective it is easy to see the argument of both parties. Sir Alex long held the philosophy that no one was bigger than the club and thus dismissed Pogba as he believed the youngster was believing in his own hype and was thinking of himself as the future of the great club. Pogba on the other hand was frustrated. Earlier in the season, Sir Alex had opted to play a midfield of Rafael and Park-Ji Sung rather than give the starlet an opportunity to prove himself. Pogba thought that his manager did not believe in him and left the club saying “I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there,”
Now lets fast forward to 2014. Manchester United currently lie 7th in the Premier League table and are in dire need of a creative Central midfielder who can provide their forwards with more than just scraps to feed on. At the moment in Central midfield Carrick, Cleverley, Fellani and often Jones are doing a job but neither of them are currently doing it to a standard that is expected of a Manchester United midfielder. Neither of them offer the ‘complete package’ as Pogba does.
His aggressive play and towering 6’1 stature makes him a physical presence in the middle of the park. He is thus able to tackle, intercept the ball and that coupled with his immense work rate makes him a great ball-winning midfielder. He is also able to pick out nearly any type of pass required. This could be a lofty chip over the defensive line or a simple but incisive one two outside the opposition box. In short his great passing range allows him to unlock the oppositions defense from deep or more forward areas. In fact he has done this 42 times this season as he has created 42 chances this season which is more than Yaya Toure and any Manchester United midfielder. Pogba also offers a thunderous long range shot. Videos of those I will let you have a look yourself, however here is an example of what he can do.
As Pogba thrives at Juventus, Manchester United fans really begin to wonder what could have been. Only ‘if’ he’d been been provided the necessary game time we would not be facing the current midfield dilemma we face now. He truly remains the one that got away.
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