Many would believe that Manchester United’s signing of Paul Pogba would end the seemingly endless speculation around his name- it hasn’t, and the speculation is, indeed, endless. Barcelona’s sporting executives are jumping head-first into the media, stating they had the first negotiation with Pogba in a desperate power-pull. Now, Pogba is still being questioned as to why he joined United, and his answers continue to be for the same reasons.
Pogba has made his reasons completely clear on three fronts, one being his desire to return to his home, which he did not reiterate in the most recent interview. Another is that Jose Mourinho wanted him to join and that he wanted to work with Mourinho at United. In addition, he wants to win as much as he possibly can, both individually and collectively, and he believes United is the right place to do that.
“We have a good team who wants to win they league again with a big manager, top players and a new team. My ambition is always to be No.1, always be the best. To be the best is to win the league – that is the objective of everyone. That’s what we want to do. We want to go back to the Champions League because I know that’s where we belong.”
Pogba also spoke about Ibrahimovic, who will be equally important to the Frenchman if United wins any major trophies this season. Competing on all fronts, Pogba said that Ibrahimovic’s fraternal persona would be as important as his incredible goal scoring record from everywhere in Europe.
“Zlatan is like the big brother of everyone I would say – he always makes jokes makes everyone relax and on the pitch, he is a winner. He will really help the team.”
Pogba’s first two matches in a United shirt represented a good start for the Frenchman. He played a world class match as United beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford and played an integral transitioning role as United beat Hull in the dying minutes. However, he is yet to score or provide an assist. The midfielder, who assisted the most goals (12) in Serie A last season, and contributed directly to 26 goals in all competitions for Juventus, looks very keen to get off the mark at United, almost too keen at times.
Regardless of what others are saying outside the club, Pogba’s seemingly unmatched ambition to impress Jose Mourinho and the United fans is only a good thing for a world-class player who hasn’t even started to fulfill his potential. He seems to bring an amount of flair, pace, and passion that has been missing from United since the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. If his words are to be believed, and they should be, he is thrilled to be where he is and is completely committed to playing his best football, which, as we all know, can put the continuous mill of questions to sleep. For the first time since Robin van Persie won United the title, it seems the club has a true gem on its hands, a top class player here to stay.