Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha believes the club should break the bank to bring in fellow Frenchman Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain as the Red Devils attack continues to struggle.
Mbappé, who, alongside Pogba, was part of the France squad that were crowned FIFA World Cup winners in 2018 has only featured in France in his club career, featuring for both AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, but has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool after the Merseyside club agreed terms with Nike for the 2020/2021 season onwards.
In an interview with Compare.Bet, Saha said: “If you ask me I would break the bank for [Kylian] Mbappé, but now it’s too late. When you look at strikers, it’s a dying breed, [Robert] Lewandowski is a rare example of someone who is left, and I don’t see many players that can easily fit up-front. There is a need for somebody up-front who is strong enough to hold the ball and to give time and space to the players like Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay to create something in midfield to put passes together.”
“You’re asking a lot from young players because passing the ball around and having nice touches, it just looks too nice and it doesn’t work. This football is really down to possession, but hard on young players especially when they don’t have confidence. You need a couple of big strong characters to talk to people, to do the dirty jobs, winning duels, and to help the fans react. I think that’s what we want to see. When we lose we have that challenge that nobody likes. Passing is nice but you don’t hurt anybody.”
Saha, who has been an advocate of Pogba in the past, has once again come to the defence of the Frenchman and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjær must also strengthen his midfield options to support the 26-year-old, saying: “I have said it before but I feel for him [Pogba] because he is the only one who has been asked to do two jobs. He has to be strong and recover balls, and also score goals. He has to be more than just a good player; he has to be influential. He is the only one who has been asked to do more. He needs some players around him to take that burden away from him.”
“Pressure is all about competition, and because he has a big ego he wants to be the best. When he sees someone as good as him, he wants to be challenged and that’s human. He wants to be winning within the best team. If he is playing against the top teams he will play better,” Saha added.
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