Manchester United Transfer News: United Need Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on during Paul Scholes' Testimonial Match between Manchester United and New York Cosmos at Old Trafford on August 5, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has used the international friendly week to scout two of France's hottest young talents.

The Scotsman was in attendance on Wednesday to watch the pair of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba as France ran out 2-0 winners against Netherlands, which featured Robin van Persie, as reported by Richard Jolly of

Twenty-two-year-old forward Griezmann of Real Sociedad was making his debut for Les Bleus, while former United player Pogba played for 81 minutes.

Jolly reports that United scout David Friio has tipped Griezmann to be a hit at this summer's World Cup. Friio told L'Equipe: "Griezmann would clearly bring something. His versatility and technique, in a tournament where the gaps are reduced, are real assets. You can't score 15 goals in a great league [La Liga] without having real qualities."

Twenty-year-old Pogba has been a star in Serie A since his switch to Juventus from Old Trafford. The sensational youngster has featured 25 times domestically this season, scoring six goals, per Squawka.

The player has emerged as one of the best midfielders on the planet, and United fans will be sick that he initially slipped from the club's grasp.

Pogba would be wanted by every big club in Europe should he become available.

Football Italia tweeted that Juventus has admitted to talks with Real Madrid but did not specify if those talks involved Pogba:

Both players are excellent young talents, but it is questionable whether Moyes needs top-class youth or more experienced alternatives.

Griezmann would take time to settle into the Premier League and would probably not hit the ground running. United must improve quickly after their horrendous showing in 2013/14. 

However, Pogba could well transcend this need for experience. He really is that good.

No doubt, any transfer fee would be astronomical in value, but United are weak in this area in terms of quality and depth, and they need to invest to repair it. 

The Juve player has become a commanding figure in midfield at an early age. If the Red Devils were able to sign him, the benefits to the team in both the short- and long-term would be immeasurable.

Pogba could play with any of United's current midfielders in either a 4-2-3-1 or Moyes' preferred 4-4-1-1. He would be comfortable partnering Michael Carrick and would bring the technical composure needed to the centre of the park.

But he could also play much farther forward and would be the perfect foil with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata behind van Persie. He has the ability to score outrageous goals, and the Old Trafford crowd would canonise him immediately.

Pogba was an opportunity missed by Sir Alex Ferguson, and with a huge transfer budget, David Moyes could rectify that.

He is a special talent who deserves special treatment, and in the rebuilding of Manchester United, he could be the foundation of any future success for the club. 

The Red Devils are also in dire need of a top centre-back, and Eliaquim Mangala completed the full match for France that Moyes attended, per Jolly.

With Nemanja Vidic confirmed as leaving, Mangala could join Pogba in a new-look United side, and their chances of Premier League glory would be restored for next season.