It is not often you lose a first-choice midfielder after 20 minutes and are actually strengthened by the enforced substitution.
But that’s what exactly happened with Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico, where Claudio Marchisio’s enforced withdrawal gave Pogba the opportunity to shine. And shine he did.
It took him little over three minutes to make an impact for the ex-Manchester United man, pivoting brilliant before slamming a left-footed stunner past the outstretched Federico Marchetti.
He was the catalyst for the destruction that ensued, his presence allowing Juventus to reign supreme, crushing the Romans 4-0 in their own backyard. Not bad for a 20-year -old, but he’s no ordinary youngster.
He already has two Supercoppa’s, one Serie A title and the U-20 World Cup to his name. Not to mention winning the Gold Ball, for the tournament's best player.
Now tell me he is not one for the future. But maybe he already is.
While Juventus are enjoying success after success, with a squad brimming with talent, proceedings are slightly different at Manchester United.
While they to enjoyed success last term, with top goalscorer Robin van Persie leading from the front, they have struggled in the transfer market for midfield reinforcement.
Ryan Giggs is getting on, Anderson has struggling for form and been riddled with injuries and Tom Cleverley is still not ready for the demands of week in-week out footbal.
There were no shortages of rumours, with Cesc Fabregas in particular heavily linked with the Red Devils. Nonetheless, Moyes opened his Manchester career with no additions, with his side impressed with a 4-1 thumping of Swansea.
However, in the later, crucial depths of the season, United’s lack of reinforcements could backfire big time, where campaigning on three separate fronts could severely fatigue key players.
The lack of a holding midfielder to compliment Michael Carrick could hurt United badly.
While they were looking abroad for big names, they could’ve had the best solution right on their doorstep - Paul Pogba.
Arguably one of the most complete midfielders in the world, strong in defence but deadly pushing forward, it is a wonder how Ferguson let him get away.
While United fans may be left offended after his departure, one cannot deny thinking what could’ve been.
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