Manchester United legend absolutely lambasts Paul Pogba valuation as move edges closer

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Manchester United legend absolutely lambasts Paul Pogba valuation as move edges closer

Paul Scholes is not impressed with the price tag that has been slapped on his namesake.

Former Manchester United midfielder and club legend Paul Scholes has had his say on the Paul Pogba saga.

The 23-year-old has been the transfer story of the summer, with rumours of his return to Manchester refusing to go away.

Now that Juventus are close to wrapping up a reported €90million-plus deal for Gonzalo Higuain, Red Devils fans are becoming even more convinced that the France star will leave the Serie A side for United.

However, Scholes is of the opinion that Pogba is hugely overpriced.

The player-turned-pundit, while playing Futsal in India, gave his usual brutally-honest assessment when asked about the Juventus man, who he played with while both were at United.

"He was a very talented young player, I played with him and I knew how good he was," the United legend told Sport Witness.

"He played for the first team maybe once or twice, but from my understanding he was asking for too much money.

"For his age, he was asking for far too much money, for a player who hadn't played first-team football.

"Okay, he has gone on to great things. I think certainly there has been a lot of improvement. He needs to improve if he is going to be a player worth £86million.

I just don't think he is worth £86million.

"For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi.

"Pogba is nowhere near worth that kind of money yet."

Pogba during his time at United

United boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has already confirmed the obvious in that the club are going to sign a midfielder.

That said, the Old Trafford outfit have two other options aside from the Frenchman which the Portuguese would apparently be just as happy with.

"We have one space for a midfield player," the United boss said. "Everybody speaks about one, but it wouldn't be a surprise for me if it is not him [Pogba] and it is another one because we went for profile.

"We have two more options in front of us and we are going to close one."

"Our fundamental market is 75 per cent done and when we sign one midfield player the crucial work will all be done."