West Brom captain Darren Fletcher has praised Manchester United’s signing of Paul Pogba, admitting he ‘can’t speak highly enough’ of the player who crossed his path at Old Trafford.
Fletcher was on the Red Devils’ books when the Frenchman was only an academy player, and four years on from the latter’s departure, he has returned to Manchester for a world record fee from Juventus.
Pogba is expected to help fire United to the Premier League title and build a dynasty for years to come, and Fletcher has called his signing a ‘great acquisition’ for both Jose Mourinho’s men and the Premier League in general.
Speaking to Drive, the Baggies’ skipper said: “He’s a great acquisition for the Premier League, and great for Manchester United obviously, and another player we’re going to have to watch when we play against them.
“There are so many quality players in the Premier League it’s getting more difficult every season.
“He was always a great lad, a real lively character well-liked by everyone around the club. It’s a massive transfer fee, but I can’t speak highly enough of him as a lad and I wish him all the best.”
Should Pogba hit the ground running, Mourinho’s side will be well placed to fight for the title this season.
The arrival of fellow summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly have made United real contenders again, and Fletcher believes the club now need to get out of the mindset of only being a top four club to regain dominance of English football.
The four-time Premier League winner added: “I always expect Manchester United to be challenging – to be there or thereabouts – if not winning it then coming a very close second like used to happen when I was at the club.
“I think they need to get out of the mindset of accepting top four. The new manager is a proven winner and I’m sure he will be looking at the squad and the players they’ve got and expecting Manchester United to win the league.
“The fans certainly think that, but obviously you’ve got to go out and prove it.”