Gary Neville on Pogba: You need big shoulders and guts to play for Man United

Gary Neville
Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who was with the club when Paul Pogba was first at United, told Sky Sports News on Monday: "I think it's important they sign players of stature and personality.

"And I think now with Zlatan and Pogba, there are players who will stick their shoulders out and have the strength of personality and character which I think United have lacked in the last two or three years.

"You think that (Ryan) Giggs has left, (Paul) Scholes has left, (Nemanja) Vidic, (Rio) Ferdinand, (Patrice) Evra, amongst others, who had huge personalties and were propping the club up in the changing room for many years.

"You need big shoulders and guts to play for Manchester United and I think the idea of Zlatan and of Pogba returning there is big on the personality front."

Ex-Valencia boss Neville added: "I think it is a big fee, but the Premier League was losing players left, right and centre to Spain, all the grade A players.

"We couldn't entice players to come here and we couldn't keep them when we had the best ones. At least now it looks like we are signing a player who would be regarded as a top signing of the summer.

"I think it's important United go back to signing players that actually fit the profile of the club, which is to play with dynamic strength, with power, with pace. I think some of the signings they have made this summer more fit that profile.

"And from my point of view, everything is too much money - not just Paul Pogba.

"United have spent quite a lot of money in the last two or three years without getting anywhere and I think it is important they made a statement in terms of this signing to show what they are.

"You say it's too much money, but for United, when they are pulling in the money they are, it is nothing for them."