Paul Pogba

Pep Guardiola ‘wouldn’t want Paul Pogba’ at Manchester City

Former Scottish international and Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray has today revealed his opinion that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would not jump at the opportunity to take Paul Pogba to the Etihad.

Return

In one of the most highly-publicised transfers of all time, French midfield maestro Pogba re-joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016, after making the move to Juventus as a free agent in 2012.

Pogba’s 105 million Euro fee was the highest of all-time upon the deal’s completion, with many having immediately questioned the decision of United to splash out such a hefty fee on the Frenchman’s signature.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus celebrates his goal with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus during the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

After a hit-and-miss debut season back in Manchester, Pogba started out the current campaign in scintillating fashion, finally looking as though he was set to flourish into the player that had been on show for Juventus for several seasons running.

However, a thigh injury picked up in September saw the gifted Frenchman ruled out for two months, with Pogba having since failed to string together a consistent run of dominant performances for Manchester United.

Blame game

Much of the blame for Pogba’s struggles has been placed on the shoulders of Red Devils’ manager Jose Mourinho, with a public touchline fall-out between the pair during United’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham in January having since seen the midfielder struggle for game-time at Old Trafford.

‘Great player, but I wouldn’t want him’

Speaking in an interview with beIN Sports earlier today, former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray weighed in on the debate surrounding Pogba, amid claims that the former Juventus man would flourish in a more attack-minded system, like the one employed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

However, Gray is not a supporter of such a train of thought, with the Scot keen to alleviate some of the blame on Jose Mourinho for Pogba’s recent struggles, as well as revealing his opinion that Pep Guardiola wouldn’t actually want the 25-year-old as part of his squad at the Etihad:

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