Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Paul Pogba now has the chance to prove his quality after losing his tag as the world’s most expensive player.
He arrived at Old Trafford from Juventus with an at the time world record fee of around £90, however, since then, Neymar has more than doubled that fee after leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.
Pogba was heavily criticised and compared to his fee last campaign but with that out the way he now has the chance to impress, especially with Nemanja Matic arriving to help take the shackles off in midfield.
Speaking about his team-mate, Zlatan believes he’ll be scoring more goals this season.
“I think Paul’s first season was a lot about the transfer fee and this season now about the football matches,” Ibrahimovic said. “And now he can play out free because in the first year he won his trophies.
“I think the stamp of the transfer number is gone because now he has proved he is at the top.
“He just needed to play and get his game to focus on the football. Now there is no numbers and his transfer, now it is about his numbers on the pitch.
“I think he has one or two goals [already this season] so that is the numbers that will talk for him.”
Pogba has started the new campaign in spectacular form and it’s clear that the arrival of Matic from Chelsea will be a huge boost for his game.
He’s an exceptional player and it seems like we’ll now be able to get the best out of him as he looks to make his mark at Old Trafford.