Paul Pogba: I am Mancunian as well as French

by Alex Turk

Paul Pogba has insisted that he is an ‘international’ footballer because of his French and Mancunian origin.

Pogba was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne in 1993 and moved to Manchester United in 2009 as a 16-year-old from Le Havre, before spending two years impressing in the academy.

After a disappointing third year in the 2011-12 season when he was expected to make his breakthrough, Sir Alex Ferguson gave him just seven appearances which led to a four-year stint in Italy with Juventus.

In the summer of 2016, Pogba returned to Manchester for a then-world record fee of £89m and has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his first two years back in England.

In an interview with the BBC ahead of Man United’s Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea on Saturday evening, Pogba explained why he thinks he’s both French and a Mancunian:

“I am French but I would say I am international. I am not only French. I have the French passport, French ID but I have the English driving licence. When you are a Mancunian once, you are a Mancunian forever.”

If he was to help United clinch a record-equalling 13th FA Cup at the weekend, it would be his third major trophy in the two years he has been back in the country.

The trophy would act as the perfect stepping stone in United’s re-development under Jose Mourinho and Pogba will be looking to play a big part in that.

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