Rio Ferdinand - Paul Pogba has to prove he is worth £100m

SoccerBy Sunday World
Ferdinand is a BT Sport pundit
Ferdinand is a BT Sport pundit

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Paul Pogba will have a huge challenge to live up to his lavish £100m price tag when he completes his move to Juventus in the coming days.

Ferdinand worked alongside a young Pogba in his formative days at United and was shocked when the Old Trafford club allowed him to leave for nothing in 2012 following a contract dispute.

Now they are set to hand over a world record transfer fee to get him back, with BT Sport pundit Ferdinand suggesting the price tag needs to be justified.

“For £100million, you want someone who’s going to develop into someone who can dictate a game, can win games on his own, can drag his team over the line," said Ferdinand, who cost United £30m when they signed him from Leeds in 2002.

“Can he develop into that player? Yes, I think he’s got the potential to do that. Is he worth £100million? I don’t know, is anyone worth £20million?

“I was cheap at that point! At £18million and then £30million, it’s relative.

“The money that Man United are bringing in now, commercially, allows them to spend that money.”

Ferdinand believes Pogba's success at United will be judged purely on his trophy haul, with the former defender who won 10 major trophies in his time at Old Trafford the kind of legend he will be looking to replicate.

"When Pogba comes, it’s just going to be down to the pure black-and-white question of: Will he perform? Will Manchester United win trophies," added Ferdinand.

“That’s how you get judged? People said when I went there, ‘It’s too much money for a centre-half’.

“But then we won things and people now look back and say: ‘It wasn’t that expensive when you consider we won six Premier League trophies out of 12 years’.

“If Paul goes there for £100million, stays there and they win five out of 10 [Premier League] trophies, you’ll look back and say; ‘Well done, good business.

“The kid in a Juventus shirt produces magic moments, moments of high class, game-changing moments.