Liverpool legend hails Chelsea target – slight dig at Manchester United?

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Former Liverpool and Germany international Dietmar Hamann hails ex-Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba.

Since his move to Juventus in the summer of 2012, Paul Pogba has established himself as arguably the best young player in the world.

The France international failed to convince then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to give him enough chances at Old Trafford, and eventually left the Red Devils.

In his two years in Italy, the 21-year-old has developed massively and has showcased his talent. Playing alongside the likes of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon among others, he has himself become a ‘champion’, helping the Bianconeri to Serie A triumphs in 2013 and 2014.

Pogba has been an important player for France at the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and was one of their best against Nigeria in the last 16 – a match which Didier Deschamps' side won 2-0.

  TeamPosGoalsOntarget Scoring AttTouchesAppsMins
Paul Pogba France MF 1 2 73 1 90

Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, will be action today against Germany in the quarter-final tie at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Looking ahead to the match, former Germany international midfielder Dietmar Hamann underlined the threat that the 21-year-old poses, highlighting the qualities that make him a complete midfielder

‘Pogba is particularly impressive’, the former Liverpool and Manchester City star told ‘He has the whole package – he is extremely physically strong for such a young player.

‘He has pace and excellent technique. His understanding of the match is superb too. That is why they are crying more than one tear at Manchester United for letting him go’.

Letting Pogba go has gone down as one of Ferguson’s biggest ever mistakes in his managerial career – former United midfielder Rio Ferdinand himself has admitted that the Manchester outfit should have kept hold of the youngster (click here to read more).

Hamann seems to be taking a slight dig at United by mentioning how they are “crying” for him at Old Trafford. And indeed, last season’s disastrous campaign under now-sacked David Moyes exposed just how much they needed someone like Pogba in midfield.

Yet, all that is in the past. It is time for United to look ahead and past their mistake of allowing Pogba to leave.

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