Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has this evening revealed his opinion on who the best midfielders in world football are, naming players from the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid as superior to himself.
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.
After a hit-and-miss debut season back in Manchester, Pogba started out the recently-finished 2017/18 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.
Much of the blame for Pogba’s struggles has been placed on the shoulders of Red Devils’ manager Jose Mourinho, with many having called into question whether the 25-year-old will ever be able to return to his best under the restrictive tactics employed by the Portuguese tactician.
Whatever the case may be, despite having been considered one of, if not the finest all-round midfielder in world football during his time with Juventus, Pogba’s form this past season was some way off that of those currently considered as the cream of the crop when it comes to the middle of the park.
And the Manchester United man himself has this evening revealed that he sees all of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and, surprisingly, former Arsenal man Abou Diaby as being or having been ‘better’ than him as things stand:
🗨 “On oublie, mais Abou Diaby, il était exceptionnel”
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) May 26, 2018
Paul Pogba to Canal+: “Better midfielders than me? Iniesta, Modric, Kroos, De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Touré, even Abou Diaby.” pic.twitter.com/h7D5gNA9wZ
— City Watch (@City_Watch) May 27, 2018