Jamie Carragher has told Manchester City not to go “anywhere near” Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder was linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season and recent reports have suggested City could make a move to take him from their local rivals.
However, after Pep Guardiola’s team went back to the top of the Premier League following a 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United on Sunday, Carragher stated his belief that Pogba would not suit City’s style and work ethic.
“I wouldn’t go anywhere near him,” the former Liverpool defender said on Sky Sports. “[City] win the league every year, get 95-100 points every year. He doesn’t work hard enough, as much as the other [City] players.
“If Pep could get it out of him, fantastic, there’s no doubting his ability… but when you see the players City have, you see [Phil] Foden, Bernardo Silva, these types of players who are brilliant players and don’t stop running, don’t stop working from minute one to minute 90. That’s what makes Manchester City what they are.”
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp had a different view, believing it would be a move that would make sense for both parties.
“An incredible move, it’d be one that, I have to be honest, I wouldn’t have seen coming,” he said. “But you have to weigh it up. Free transfer, he’ll have a point to prove because he’s taken a lot of stick since he’s been at United.
“No matter what you say about Paul Pogba, as a free transfer – high wages, of course, but that’s not a problem for Man City – you would take him in a heartbeat.
“He adds a lot to this team, and I think he’d be hungry to come and show what he can do. He lives in the area, I think it would be an incredible move. It’d be a brave move, but I’d love to see that in the Premier League. I think it’d make sense all round.”
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