Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Manchester United’s acquisition of Paul Pogba is an example of not conducting business in the transfer market.
The World Cup winner remains the club’s most expensive acquisition as he joined the Old Trafford outfit for €105 million in 2016.
The deal saw the Pogba return to Man Utd. He was previously in the club’s youth system before leaving for Juventus due to a lack of opportunities under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was meant to be a game-changing piece of business for Man Utd, but unfortunately for the club and Pogba.
It hasn’t worked out that way as he has never been too far from criticism.
Sometimes unplayable but highly inconsistent, Pogba has been linked with a transfer away for some time.
Now, Man Utd are facing the prospect of letting the most expensive player in their history leave for free when his contract expires in June.
Wright believes that Man Utd ultimately did not buy a player who suited their system, as Pogba flourished on the left of a midfield three for Juventus.
Ian Wright told Premier League Productions:
“You look at Pogba, he’s not a six, he’s not an eight and not a 10.
“He is a player we saw when he played for Juventus, on the left, with a very well-balanced midfield and played with freedom.
“Aaron Ramsey, the same kind of player. He plays with freedom. It would be best if you had the right players.
“That is where people are buying the wrong type of player without fitting them in.”
The Van Dijk example
Wright cites Liverpool’s purchase of Virgil van Dijk as an example of a fantastic piece of business as the Reds recognised their need for a centre-back and addressed it.
“This is where the Virgil van Dijk signing is perfect,” Wright continued.
“That’s why they would have paid another £25m for him – you look at how Virgil was playing for Celtic, he is playing the same now.
“This is why all of the top teams have missed out on a player that was showing, the fact that he was playing in a league that wasn’t as good as the Premier League, but Liverpool has benefited from it.”
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