Mourinho: Arsenal or Liverpool couldn't buy a Pogba

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

Paul Pogba's world record transfer to Manchester United could see Manchester City and Liverpool miss out on AS Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, TalkSport has reported.

Wilshere's manager Arsene Wenger has also backed Pogba's arrival despite the world record fee.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends".

"Man United has to be in the Champions League", he said.

The Red Devils finally got an £89m deal over the line this week to land the France global, who left Old Trafford for a minimal figure four years ago.

"He's a very young player, an unbelievable midfield player with such physicality but, at the same time, such agility, co-ordination, skill".

The Portuguese said he must return United to their "natural habitat" this season after securing their first silverware of the season against Leicester in the Community Shield on Sunday.

In football, you don't always get what you pay for, which United know all too well with the mixed success of some of their most costly purchases down the years (Angel Di Maria, anyone?), but it would be a big surprise if Pogba ends up going down as an over-priced flop.

"We need to get the best out of him and this will be a process".

"That will come with time hopefully, but first the Premier League - I've never done it".

United has finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the post-Ferguson years, but is one of the title favorites this season. He doesn't look like a star.

"A lot of people have a lot to say about what the fee could be and if he's worth it". "I think that the Champions League is empty when Man United is not there".

Juventus have paid € 2 million to Manchester United, € 27 million to Raiola and used € 6 million to level Pogba's price-tag, which means they've cashed in € 73 million.

Jose Mourinho enjoyed a meal with his coaching staff last night as they prepare for the Special One's first competitive game in charge of Manchester United this weekend.

He replied candidly: "Well, if they were not in my plans, I would not give them one single minute. And, personally, one of my dreams is to win the Ballon d'Or", Pogba told MUTV.

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