Pogba will give United the energy they need – Cole

Date published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 3:54

Paul Pogba Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes new signing Paul Pogba will provide Jose Mourinho’s side with much-needed zip in midfield this season.

Pogba signed for United earlier this week for a world-record transfer fee of £89million, agreeing a five-year deal with the Premier League big boys.

Cole reckons the most expensive player of all-time will bring the”energy” to the Red Devils midfield which they’ve been lacking for years.

“I remember watching him for the first time and he was a very leggy individual,” said the United legend and club ambassador.

“He was obviously growing and his legs seemed to be doing a lot more than his body wanted them to do!

“But he refined his skill. He has energy from box to box. You look at the modern-day game, and there aren’t many players who can do that and he definitely can.

“It will be good to see how he fits into the team. It has been well documented in recent seasons that United have lacked legs in midfield, a player to get up and down with that power through the middle. It will be nice to have it.

“I love his energy; he has great energy in midfield. Watching him as a youngster at United and more so at Juventus, you can see he gets up and down the football pitch.

“He creates goals and he got himself a few goals last season. He always wants to be involved and on the ball.”

Cole has also been delighted with the business Mourinho has managed to do in this window and thinks the Pogba signing is a huge statement of intent from the club.

“I’ve been impressed, you have got to be,” he told manutd.com . “Some of the signings over the last few years – I don’t know if it was a numbers thing to get bodies in at a certain time – but Mourinho has come in and specified the four players he wanted and the club has got them all.

“That reminds me of my time with Sir Alex Ferguson. He identified a player and, nine times out of 10, got the player.

“It sounds like Madrid didn’t have the money to fund it, reading the reports, so you could say we have beaten them in that respect.

“If Pogba has chosen Manchester United over Real Madrid for football reasons as well then that is a massive coup especially knowing that he will miss out on Champions League football for a year because that is a big factor.

“He got to the quarter-finals last season and the final the year before, so missing out this season is a massive factor. He must be convinced by the future at United.”

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