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Paul Pogba will put his fee behind him and show his true self next season – Meulensteen

Paul Pogba will be a different player next season according to former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen. The player who moved to United from Juventus last summer for a world record £89 million was dogged with criticism during the past season because he was either not scoring enough goals or not doing enough, despite actually doing a lot and finishing the season with consistency based on his four seasons in Serie A with Juventus, maintaining his statistics in his first season back at United. Pogba has plenty of class and his fee may very well have affected him during matches in the past season, something which has neither been admitted or denied. One thing is for sure that Pogba is now settled and will be raring to go next season after helping his side lift the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League last season.

Pogba played against England in Paris earlier this week with France winning 2-1 and Pogba playing well, even embarrassing Chelsea defender Gary Cahill during the match also putting in some good passes and generally showing his ability on and off the ball. This is the player we all want to see at United next season, which with reinforcements and players of a better class coming to the club, Victor Lindelof has already been unveiled with Alvaro Morata, Ivan Perisic and to some extend Eric Dier seemingly targeted, Pogba could find himself being played to his own strengths next season which will see United in a much stronger position in a bid to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title, among others. Meulensteen, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said:

“Paul Pogba has tremendous experience with Juventus and the French national team and while there are still a few flaws in his game that he needs to step up on he will be more settled next season. He is a very good footballer and a strong personality so I believe that he will better next season. A big summer transfer only lasts as long as a season and I don’t think a lot of people will be reminding him of the fee. It will no longer be a problem.”

Pogba is a player that any football supporter would love their team to have. Manchester City fans are quick to criticise but two years ago they were all buzzing because their club was linked with the Frenchman, even seeing some tweets from those supporters today makes me wonder why they continue to slate the player. If Pogba had played for City and had a similar season in which he had for United, the Citizens would be singing from the rooftops about the player they had, instead, they overly criticise a player they are merely jealous they don’t have at their club. I mean why would he even go there, it is not exactly a club that promotes youth, buying players instead of creating them.

Next season I am sure Pogba will be criticised by rival supporters with them secretly praising the player and probably having him in their fantasy football squads or on their season of FIFA 18 when it comes out at the end of September. Meulensteen is right though, Pogba’s fee last summer will no longer be a big deal, especially if the transfer record is broken again this summer with Kylian Mbappe linked to Real Madrid amongst other clubs, so the baton could be handed over to another player to face that pressure, whilst Pogba does what he can on the pitch earning his plaudits in his own right, which probably won’t be the case. Pundits will also find a reason to criticise United players whether they are the best in the world or not. It would seem that talking about Manchester United propels you into the limelight, which is something some pundits do to keep themselves relevant.

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen, including his thoughts on how Morata should be Mourinho’s top target this summer.

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