Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has slammed Manchester United for their handling of the Paul Pogba saga and believes the club never should have signed the World Cup-winning midfielder – and instead should have opted to sign a player similar to the ilk of Reds duo Jordan Henderson or James Milner.
The Red Devils were booed off the pitch following a miserable 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez made it back-to-back losses for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team following their defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
United are currently trailing Jurgen Klopp’s team by 30 points – despite having played two matches more than the European champions.
Following the defeat, McAteer chose to blame United’s recent woes on midfielder Pogba.
The club’s record signing has only played two league matches since September when he played against Arsenal. He has missed 17 matches for Solskjaer’s team since who are on the verge of finishing outside the top-four for a second consecutive season.
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McAteer has claimed that United for too long have fixated their interest on the wrong calibre of player and believes that the fallen giants should look to rivals Liverpool for inspiration regarding transfer success.
Speaking on beIN Sport, McAteer said: “I don’t get the Pogba deal, he doesn’t fit into Manchester United.”
“Sir Alex Ferguson… there’s a reason they got rid of him in the first place. He’s got too much of an influence on the younger players
“That’s not what you want, you want Jordan Henderson and James Milner, who will drive the young players forward and tell them how to live their life, how to get to Champions League finals and how to win league titles, they live like this.
“Jurgen can’t be in that dressing room all the time, you need players inside the dressing room who do the right things. Manchester United don’t have that.
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When you consider the fact Milner and Henderson cost the Reds a combined £20m it feels like small change. The club’s captain and vice-captain have helped oversee the most successful period in the club’s history since the late 1980s.
As Liverpool have proven, success in the transfer window is not simply a case of chucking endless cash looking for short-term quick fixes. Football is one of the rare examples of how you don’t always get what you pay for in this industry.
The figures don’t lie either. Despite the gargantuan difference in points, Liverpool only boasts a net spend sum of just £92.4m over the previous five seasons compared to United’s £378.9m spend.