Pogba would not change £89m Man Utd price tag despite constant pressure

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The Frenchman has seen his every move scrutinised since returning to Old Trafford, but he always knew that somebody would break his transfer record

Paul Pogba admits becoming the most expensive player on the planet brought added pressure following an £89 million (£120m) return to Manchester United, but he would not change his price tag.

In the summer of 2016, the Red Devils moved to bring a former academy graduate back onto their books after seeing him mature into a global icon at Serie A giants Juventus.

Pogba arrived in England as part of a record-breaking deal and has seen his every move scrutinised in minute detail ever since, with his antics on and off the field dividing opinion and sparking endless debate.

The 25-year-old has since slipped behind the likes of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho on the list of costliest talents in world football, but he insists he was not relieved to see Paris Saint-Germain raise the bar when landing a Brazil international for €222m (£195m/$263m) in 2017.

“No, no relief,” Pogba told Bleacher Report.

“It's never been a problem for me. I always want the same thing. To be the best. To work.”

Pogba always knew that his transfer record would not stand for long, with asking prices having risen gradually over a number of years before PSG blew the top off the market.

“I knew, that's how it is,” added the United midfielder

“Today it's 100m, tomorrow it's 200m, the day after it'll be 300m.

“A generation, then a generation, then a generation.

“Twenty years ago, how much was the most expensive player? 60m? Now 60m is normal.”

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Pogba looks likely to remain firmly under the spotlight, regardless of how the transfer market shifts, and he claims to be ready to embrace a pressure which means more to others than it does himself.

 “From the inside? No. For myself, no,” he added when asked whether the focus on him has been difficult to handle.

“But for everybody else, yes.

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“It took me a long time to get used to this. Because they didn't see me with the same eyes.

“It was, like, crazy. And I just had to get used to this.”

All eyes remain on Pogba at present, with France looking for him to rediscover his very best form heading into a 2018 World Cup campaign which sees them fancied to go far in Russia.

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