Rio Ferdinand says Paul Pogba must prove his worth

France's Paul Pogba

The Frenchman is on the verge of a return to Manchester United.

Rio FerdinandRio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport of his belief that Paul Pogba will have to live up to expectations ahead of his impending £100m return to Manchester United.

It is now widely expected that Pogba will complete a move from Juventus in the near future and end of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer, after ongoing negotiations between the Premier League and their Serie A counterparts.

The France international is set to become the world's most expensive player, eclipsing the £85.3m Real Madrid paid to sign Gareth Bale in 2013.

France's Paul PogbaFrance's Paul Pogba

Ferdinand, who was Pogba's teammate at the Red Devils before the latter's departure in 2012, insists that once the deal is complete, the hefty price tag needs to be lived up to on the pitch.

“For £100million, you want someone who’s going to develop into someone who can dictate a game, can win games on his own, can drag his team over the line," Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“Can he develop into that player? Yes, I think he’s got the potential to do that. Is he worth £100million? I don’t know, is anyone worth £20million?

“I was cheap at that point! At £18million and then £30million, it’s relative.

France's Paul Pogba in action with Switzerland's Blerim DzemailiFrance's Paul Pogba in action with Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili

“The money that Man United are bringing in now, commercially, allows them to spend that money.”

Pogba will be under immense pressure to bring success to Manchester United from the very start. A four-time Scudetto winner and a Champions League finalist with Juventus, the 23-year-old has tasted an abundance of success while emerging as one of the most coveted players in the world.

Ferdinand, who made over 300 appearances for United after a £30m switch from Leeds in 2002, has suggested that Pogba's impact needs to be translated to silverware for the club.

"When Pogba comes, it’s just going to be down to the pure black-and-white question of: Will he perform? Will Manchester United win trophies," he continued.

“That’s how you get judged? People said when I went there, ‘It’s too much money for a centre-half’.

(L - R) Jake Humphrey, Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand before the match(L - R) Jake Humphrey, Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand before the match

“But then we won things and people now look back and say: ‘It wasn’t that expensive when you consider we won six Premier League trophies out of 12 years’.

“If Paul goes there for £100million, stays there and they win five out of 10 [Premier League] trophies, you’ll look back and say; ‘Well done, good business.

“The kid in a Juventus shirt produces magic moments, moments of high class, game-changing moments."

Whether Pogba's arrival will spark a major change in the club's fortunes, the impending signing is arguably the most significant of the summer so far and one which may go a long way in transforming United into challengers for silverware.

- Juventus' Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring- Juventus' Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch