Jose Mourinho believes that Manchester United is the “perfect club” for Paul Pogba and took a swipe at Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the process. The Portuguese, who managed Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 and won the 2011/12 La Liga title, clearly believes the longest transfer saga of the summer is finally coming to an end, with Juventus agreeing for Pogba to have a medical at Old Trafford.
The club expects the £89million transfer to be finalised within the next few days.
Pogba, who made his United debut in September 2011 in the 3-0 league victory over Leeds United, will rejoin the club that he left in 2012 and become the most expensive footballer of all time. United forked out nearly £60 million for Argentine Angel Di Maria in the late summer of 2014 – to become the most expensive transfer in the club’s history, however the Frenchman will smash that record when he signs later this week.
The midfielder topped the 2015/16 assists chart for Juventus, with 12 (joint with Roma’s Miralem Pjanic) and will be a much welcomed addition to a United midfield devoid of creativity. Mourinho was quick to comment on Pogba’s association with the club, the fact that he would “get money” at any big club and how Old Trafford is the right destination for the player to become the “best in the world”.
“United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be. The Premier League is the perfect habitat if you want to be the best player in the world. If you go to Barca or Madrid you are in trouble, because I don’t think the other two big guys will let you develop to that level.
Here he has the conditions to develop in the biggest worldwide championship, with a team that wants to bring Manchester United to the top again. We have everything to give him. Money he will get in any big club. He comes because he knows the club, the city, many of the players and to be part of the Man United project.”
The Portuguese believes that Pogba will have more of a chance to develop at United than at Barcelona or Real Madrid, presumably due to the high competition levels at the Spanish giants.