Paul Pogba has admitted he does miss life in Manchester which will fill fans with a hope that a return can’t be ruled out this summer.
The 23-year-old’s meteoric rise has seen him win four titles with Juventus on the way to becoming one of the most sought after players in the world since leaving Manchester United.
Gianluca di Marzio has reported that Man United are taking small steps towards re-signing Pogba but many considered any return not plausible because of an acrimonious exit under Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Pogba speaks fondly about his time in Manchester and has has previously said he loves Man United, so maybe it isn’t as clear cut as people think.
Speaking in a lengthy interview with Complex, Pogba had this to say about Manchester.
How do you look back on your time in Manchester?
“I really miss Manchester because it’s where I made the most of my teenage years and I had lots of friends there. It’s a different culture, I found they’re more open than French people. I was in digs with a family and they treated me like their son.”
Was it a challenge to move to a different country at such a young age with a family that you don’t even know?
“I was ready in my head. I was focussed and knew I wanted to be in Manchester, to go there at a young age was fine. I wanted to play football, I knew that’s what I wanted in my life and I was ready to make any sacrifice to do it.”
How much do you think you matured in Manchester, on and off the pitch?
“Not being with my family meant I had to grow up, I had to learn how to do everything on my own. I was also training with the first team – senior players – which I’d never done before and I always wanted to listen to them.”
At one point I thought there was absolutely no possibility of Pogba returning to United but with Jose Mourinho in charge and effectively an entirely new team, things have changed and with Mino Raiola representing him it’s always a case of going where the money takes you.
United aren’t shy of cash and in terms of a midfielder there aren’t many better suited to what we need than Pogba which does make it sick when you think that he should never have left but that Sir Alex made a big mistake there.
Would the club be willing to pay upwards of £50 million for a player they let leave on a free only a few years ago? It would be an unprecedented move in terms of price but Barcelona re-signed Cesc Fabregas so some clubs are prepared to bite the bullet and make it happen – maybe United will be one of those.