Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's advisor Eladio Parames has sensationally revealed that the Red Devils only signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for commercial reasons and that their £89m investment on the player was recovered in just six months from his arrival at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman moved from Turin to Old Trafford for a fee of £89m back in 2016 but has struggled to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in England.
And now, Parames, who once describes himself as 'the former spokesman for the best coach in the world (Mourinho) but never his former friend' - has claimed that United turned down the idea of signing a player like N'Golo Kante in favour of Pogba.
Football365 quote Parames' column in Portuguese newspaper Record in claiming the facts about United's financial recovery of Pogba's transfer fee. He said, "Pogba, for example, is worth a lot in the advertising market, so much so that, in just six months, Manchester United had already recovered what they had invested in him."
Revealing the back stories of the Old Trafford club's decision making, Parames then stated, "Sometimes there are reasons beyond sports that lead the clubs, and not always the coaches, to gamble on hiring them."
"Man United did not give Mourinho ‘terriers’ despite advice given to Woodward last summer."https://t.co/KJwoOs0xHV— Football365 (@F365) December 12, 2018
Claiming that Pogba is nothing if he does not have quality players around him which Parames calls 'terriers'. He said, "Man United did not give Mourinho ‘terriers’ despite advice given to Woodward last summer. However, without ‘terriers’ like Matuidi and Kante at his side, he is worth virtually nothing on the field."
He continued, "Man United did not give Mourinho ‘terriers’ despite advice given to Woodward last summer. And as a result, we had to see Nemanja Matic and Josh McTominay acting as central defenders against Southampton."
Continuing his rant, Parames stated, "And Mourinho had to watch as Pogba became the player who most often lost the ball and was dispossessed, in a single game, in all Premier matches this season. A great record! Pogba did not get onto the pitch in the recent 4-1 win against Fulham, but his manager is hopeful he can have an impact against Valencia saying he “is going to show everyone how good he is.”
Pogba will be part of the United squad as they take on Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday.