Former Red Devil: Pogba deal proves Man United have abandoned their values

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard believes £89million signing Paul Pogba proves the club has abandoned its traditional values.

After months and months of speculation, the Red Devils finally announced the France international as their latest signing earlier this week, arriving from Juventus in a world-record £89million transfer deal.

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That takes United’s summer spending to just shy of £150million, with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan signing from Villarreal, PSG and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

And former Red Devils ace Anders Lindegaard, who spent five seasons with United, believes the blockbuster Pogba deal is evidence of how values have drastically changed at Old Trafford.

The 6 foot 4 goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, said; “Is any player worth that money? Its reality and only going in one direction.

“Journalists will ask this question in one year and in five years when players start costing a quarter of a billion. It is what it is and it’s the direction of modern football. We cannot change it you and I. Everything gets more expensive.

He continued; “This is definitely a new chapter. United are a different club to when I was there. It’s run in a different way and built on different values. It is a completely different thing now from when I first arrived.

“Unfortunately this is just a natural development with how football is going and it doesn’t change my feelings for them.

“Everything is about money and I know United have spent a lot of money over the past decades which is a big part of why they’re so successful but it’s just getting more and more extreme. You can’t prevent it so I guess you just have to embrace it and do as well as you can in that environment.”

By way of six months at West Bromwich Albion, Lindegaard now plies his trade with Championship outfit Preston North End.

He made 14 Championship appearances whilst on loan last season and agreed a permanent transfer to Deepdale in July.

Read the full 888sport interview with Anders Lindegaard, including his thoughts on former team-mate Paul Pogba’s being a perfect fit for Man United.