Neville: Pogba won’t dominate ball like Alonso

Date published: Thursday 4th August 2016 12:20 - Sarah Winterburn

Phil Neville claims that Paul Pogba is worth £100m but warns that he will not “dominate a game on the ball” like Xabi Alonso or Paul Scholes.

No player in Serie A created more goals last season but Neville is more impressed with his physicality than his skills on the ball.

Asked whether he was worth £100m of Manchester United’s money in a transfer expected to be completed this week, he said: “I think so. I think you are getting one of the best midfield players in the world.

“I think you are getting someone who is not going to dominate a game on the ball like a Xabi Alonso or a Paul Scholes but is going to go from box to box.

“His physicality is always something that has stood out. Even when he was younger at the academy at Man United, he was always bigger than everybody else, he was always quicker than everybody else, he was always more powerful.

“He will give the Man United midfield that power and that stature that I think they have missed for the last two or three seasons.”

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