Pogba would be a "waste of money" insists unconvinced Emmanuel Petit

The former Arsenal midfielder says his fellow Frenchman isn’t the star he’s made out to be.

Pogba would be a "waste of money" insists unconvinced Emmanuel Petit
Pogba rues losing out in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday. (Photo: Lars Baron/ Getty Images Sport)

Emmanuel Petit has claimed that Paul Pogba would be a “waste of money” should he make a move to Manchester United.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder, who was a part of the France side that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, was unimpressed by Pogba’s performances over the last few weeks at Euro 2016.

United move “too early” for France ace

The Juventus midfielder is seen as one of France’s key players but Petit suggested that Pogba wasn’t worthy of that status yet, saying that “he is not a big star to me.”

Pogba left United four years ago but at the young age of 23, Petit claimed a return to Old Trafford this summer would be “too early for him”, despite his admission that the Juventus man “has a great future.”

Petit also said that “there is a reason” for the fact that Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign the Frenchman, further implying his belief that the midfielder isn’t yet playing at a high enough standard on a consistent basis.

Pogba making a rare appearance during his first spell with United | Photo: Michael Regan/ Getty Images Sport
Pogba making a rare appearance during his first spell with United | Photo: Michael Regan/ Getty Images Sport

Petit’s words don’t add up

However, little over a month ago, Petit also described Pogba as a “diamond”, although he did also state his belief that the Juventus midfielder needed to improve his performances for his country.

This isn’t the first time Petit has criticised Pogba, though. Indeed, the 45-year-old, who also represented Barcelona and Chelsea in his career, had claimed his compatriot was “too soft” last November. The Juventus man proved Petit entirely wrong, though, as he emerged as a key player in the Italian outfit’s 15-match winning streak in Serie A – 12 of which came directly after the retired midfielder’s comments.

Petit, therefore, seems keen to heap criticism on Pogba whenever the opportunity arises, especially considering that he failed to acknowledge France boss Didier Deschamps’ misuse of the midfielder at this summer’s competition.

Pogba might be overpriced at £100 million but Anthony Martial’s £36 million arrival last summer was greeted with the same accusation of being too expensive. That was soon forgotten after a few excellent performances, and providing Pogba can make a similar impact, his price tag will no longer be regarded as a talking point after a couple of weeks – that’s if he even moves to Old Trafford.