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How Team Pogba Will Damage Manchester United

Thursday 20th July 2017
When Wayne Rooney departed Manchester United, he gave a very frank and honest interview regarding his return to Everton and his opinion on the side since Sir Alex Ferguson departed. Rooney went as far as to say that 'standards have slipped' at Old Trafford since SAF retired and that it was no longer his concern.

Rooney never fully disclosed what he meant by his comments but it couldn't be more obvious which of his former team mates he is referring to: the world's most expensive player, Paul Pogba.

The Prodigal Son returned to Manchester United after a stint at Juventus for a reported £89 million and raised a lot of eyebrows immediately upon his unveiling. Could Pogba cut it in the Premier League? Would he fit into a whole new United system? Does his barber charge per cut or is he on a monthly rolling wage? Frankly, Pogba hasn't answered these questions yet and is only causing a divide in the squad.

Social media is the best place to look for an inside view on how the United squad is starting to fracture. The Spanish speaking members of the squad are naturally very good friends as Juan Mata, David de Gea, Ander Herrera and the like are often pictured together enjoying themselves in training and outside of the training complex's walls.

Equally, the more senior members of the squad are also very tight knit as Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and the rest of the over/nearly 30's buddy up as United's latest incarnation of the old guard. However, the remainder of the squad are a very young and clearly immature group centring around one man in particular: Paul Pogba.

His clique now includes Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Joel Pereira, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Andreas Pereira and several other academy graduates who flock to him like the coolest kid in school. While it is nice to see the group getting on together, I haven't seen integral squad players like Mata and Antonio Valencia getting involved with the ludicrously over the top handshakes and general mucking around in training.
Pogba's little club is expanding all the time and he was even seen to be playing at being 'Agent Pogba' in the transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United as the duo spent an extended holiday together in Los Angeles. This is all very worrying as a fan who remembers the days when the Manchester United squad were all very good friends without cliques forming amongst the group.

Sir Alex Ferguson repeatedly informed the press that no player is bigger than Manchester United as a club as expensive, star players were sold on in their prime: David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and several others spring to mind.

Perhaps Jose Mourinho should have a conversation with his 'great friend' Sir Alex about Paul Pogba's ambition to become the focal point of the club. The Frenchman would no doubt be brought back down to earth with a thud should he be spoken to by the legendary Scotsman.

Team Pogba isn't causing too many problems just yet, but it won't be long before players start to feel left out and the cracks appear amongst the squad - mark my words.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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