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Neville claims Pogba is worth every penny of £100m fee

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Pogba set to return to United in the coming days
Pogba set to return to United in the coming days

Debate has raged all summer over the inflated price tag Manchester United look set to pay to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, but Phil Neville believes the Frenchman is worth his £100m valuation.

Pogba’s first stint at United came to an abrupt end in 2012, as a contract dispute between the Frenchman’s agent Mino Raiola and then United boss Alex Ferguson saw him move to Juventus for nothing.

Now United are being forced to hand over world record fee to bring the midfielder back from Turin, but Neville has told Sky Sports that the price tag on the player is not extravagant in the current inflated transfer market.

When asked whether he felt Pogba was worth the money being invested in him by United, Neville offer this response: “I think so. You are getting one of the best midfield players in the world.

“You are getting someone who is not going to dominate a game on the ball like a Xabi Alonso or a Paul Scholes but is going to go from box to box.

“His physicality is always something that has stood out. Even when he was younger at the academy at Man United, he was always bigger than everybody else, he was always quicker than everybody else, he was always more powerful.

“He will give the Man United midfield that power and that stature that I think they have missed for the last two or three seasons.”

Neville went in to predict that as many as seven teams will be in the race to land this season’s Premier League title, as he predicted the touchline battles between Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp and Man City manager Pep Guardiola will be just as compelling as the duels that will take place on the field.

“There will be probably three, four, maybe five teams in the title race,” added Neville.

“I think this Premier League, this season is probably going to be the best on and off the pitch because you have got the head-to-heads with the managers and obviously the 11 versus 11 on the pitch.

“Teams are recruiting well. The financial backing is there to go out and get the best players in the world.

“If you look at Man United as an example, to go from fifth to being a Premier League winner is difficult but the recruitment that Jose (Mourinho) has done already suggests they will be challenging for the title.

“It looks like Pep (Guardiola) at Man City is just beginning to flex his muscles in the transfer market so they will be there or thereabouts.

“So I think Man United, Man City and I think Liverpool will be there or thereabouts. As a Man United fan, Jurgen Klopp worries me a little bit. He is a good manager.

“And I have got a sneaky feeling for Tottenham again. I am a massive fan of Pochettino. He is doing the right things there. He has got a stable, solid squad and I think they will continue to improve.”