Giuseppe Marotta: Paul Pogba forced his Manchester United move

by Leo Nieboer

Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta believes Paul Pogba saw moving to Manchester United as destiny.

The Frenchman initially joined Man United in 2009 as a youngster and immediately impressed for the youth side through a series of commanding performances in midfield, only to then leave for Juventus in 2012 after a disagreement with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba, following four successful years in Italy, rejoined United last month for a world record £89m fee, stating upon his arrival that returning to Old Trafford felt like coming home.

Speaking to Juventus’ official website, Marotta claimed Pogba regarded a return to Manchester as providential.

“Pogba? Destiny was in his head,” he said.

“We always said we never wanted to sell as he was an important figure for the club, the coach and the fans.

“But he wanted a change of scenery and to experience a different situation, so faced with that we had to enter into negotiations and try to make him happy.”

Jose Mourinho, soon after his appointment to the Old Trafford hot-seat, made it clear that he didn’t want to reflect on the three years of mediocrity that preceded his appointment.

No, the 53-year-old is clearly looking to instil an aura that reflects sentiments of the old, feared United, whilst staying true to his unshakable vision of winning according to precise design.

And Pogba’s presence perfectly compliments this new order at Old Trafford. He is a symbol of a glorious past, and yet also a beacon of hope for the future, an emblem of an inestimably bright future under Mourinho and Co.

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