Paul Pogba might be wondering what he’s got himself into after his world-record move to Manchester United. It was reported that Real Madrid – a club who he is said to dream of playing for, under hero Zinedine Zidane – were interested but a combination of factors, perhaps most pertinently the greed of Mino Raiola, resulted in a return Manchester.
Pogba’s performances have ranged from highly promising to outright shocking, but have so far failed to warrant anything like the price paid, and the move has also provided some awful moments off the field. Between the horrendous ‘Pogback’ PR campaign and the hashtag he had dyed into his hair, the Frenchman must be wondering why he didn’t wait a year before trying once more to engineer a move to the Spanish capital, where he would have been free from ludicrous advertising demands and playing with Marouane Fellaini.
The midfielder is not crying over spilt milk, however, and appears to be taking a Red Devils renaissance into his own hands through a personal recruitment drive.
It’s no secret that United – alongside pretty much every club in the world – would love to sign Antoine Griezmann, and Pogba is said to be working desperately at realising that ambition.
Indeed, the infamous dab king is said to be on the phone to Griezmann “almost every day” in his bid to lure the 25-year-old away from Atlético de Madrid.
The question is though: What if Griezmann really doesn’t want to move? You would presume this was the case, as surely it would only take one phone if he were convinced that the idea was in his best interests. For Pogba to be calling incessantly, Griezmann would have to be pretty on the fence at best.
Indeed, Griezmann has stated in the past that he will only leave Los Rojiblancos if manager Diego Simeone leaves, and has even hinted that he would like to follow the Argentine wherever he goes. With El Cholo determined to coach the clubs he was a player for, and Mourinho at United, the prospect of Simeone at United is very unlikely.
This isn’t to say that Griezmann won’t end up at United of course – there’s depressingly little that money can’t make happen in football these days. Maybe this is one player who actually feels like doing things his own way rather than being manipulated by agents and currency though. Assuming that this is the case: We know you’re lonely, Paul, but please just let Antoine make his own decisions. It makes us feel pretty sad to imagine the charismatic young forward dismaying as he looks down at his mobile to say ‘Paul’ yet again. You have to wonder where Pogba even gets the time?
We have to confess to being a little biased though; the lack of imagination that a United side crying out for players in various positions just going out and breaking the transfer record for a second consecutive season would be ugly and no good for the Premier League’s already questionable reputation. Also, we really don’t want to see a repeat of this cringeworthy video the pair made during the European Championship.
The eight players Manchester United let go too soon
A crucial member of the United side which won the 1999 treble, Jaap Stam was ultimately discarded by Sir Alex Ferguson two years later after revelations in the Dutchman's book caused unrest. He went on to enjoy further success with Lazio and then AC Milan, for whom he was part of a legendary squad. Source: Twitter
A cult figure at United for his scoring exploits against Liverpool on more than one occasion, Forlan was sold to Villarreal in 2004. With the Yellow Submarine and Atletico Madrid, the Uruguayan became one of the world's most lethal strikers and played a starring role at the 2010 World Cup. Source - Twitter
Snapped up as a teenager, Rossi showed exceptional talent in United's reserves, but after failing to force his way into the first team he - like Forlan - left for Villarreal, where he picked up the majority of his 30 Italy caps. He has struggled with injuries, but he definitely proved himself to be good enough for United. Source - Twitter
Signed for £15m as a teenager, perhaps things would have been different for Zaha had he actually played for the man who signed him; Sir Alex Ferguson. Now back at Crystal Palace, with four goals and six assists already this season, he's finally becoming the player many expected. Source - Twitter
Carlos Tevez's departure from United ultimately came down to Ferguson balking at the asking price set by his management company. A love-hate relationship with Manchester City followed, before going on to win almost everything and is now the world's highest-paid player in China. Source - Twitter
The better of the Keane twins, Michael was allowed to leave for Burnley due to a lack of first-team football. These days he can be seen regularly performing well for a mediocre side in the Premier League, evidenced by the fact he is now a recognised international who is being linked with Everton and Chelsea. Source - Twitter
One of Louis van Gaal's biggest transfer errors. Sold to Bayer Leverkusen for just £7.3m despite enjoying a great record for United, the Mexican scored 26 goals in 40 games across all competitions last season. No United players came especially close to that. Source - Twitter
Few players in Premier League history have divided opinion quite like Nani. The Portugal winger could be brilliant one match, terrible the next. But he was never given a fair crack under Van Gaal and could certainly still have been an effective player. After all, he didn't do too badly at Euro 2016, did he? Source - Twitter
Could Depay be next? His United career has been a major disappointment. After arriving from PSV with a huge reputation, it's fair to say that he has rarely lived up to the expectations set in his homeland. He looks destined to leave sooner or later, but with his natural talent, could he be the next to prove United wrong? Source - Twitter