Paul Pogba, one of France's brightest prospects, will be looking to make his mark in the Serie A this year to seal his place in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but could he have been the solution to Manchester United’s current problems.
The 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder is one of the first names on the Juventus team sheet this season, with only Gianluigi Buffon playing more minutes in the Serie A this season.
His arrival from Manchester United was heavily publicised due to his unstable relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson. He arrived in Turin on July 27, and put pen to paper on a four-year deal. Juventus fans wouldn't have to wait long before their French prodigy shined.
Pogba played his first full 90 minutes against Chievo Verona, and scored his first goal around a month later in a 2-0 victory against Napoli. Only 11 days later Pogba scored his second goal for the 'Old Lady'; it was a game-winning goal over Bologna. His performance in this game was very popular with the Italian press; many claiming Pogba would be the next big thing in the famous black and white stripes.
That season Pogba notched up a tally of 27 appearances in the Serie A, he was the bright spark that Juventus needed to win the Scudetto, and he gained many fans along the way. Pogba displayed many of his different traits during the season, being deployed all over the midfield: holding, attacking, and creating, he showed all of the talents that Manchester United lack this season from their midfield.
Manchester United typically start with three across the midfield, and they have quite a range to choose from, with the likes of Michael Carrick, the seasoned veteran Ryan Giggs, and summer signing Marouane Fellaini. However, if you take Fellaini out of the equation, none of the United midfielders can do more than one job very well; and even Fellaini has struggled to settle in this season.
Paul Pogba on the other hand, possesses all of the attributes of a modern day midfielder and would not have had such a struggle settling in, which seems to really be affecting Fellaini. Pogba could be the engine Manchester United need, it would allow them to play more attacking midfielders, such as Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley, or young talent Adnan Januzaj, and still have the physical presence needed in the Premier League.
But is letting the young French midfielder leaving Sir Alex Fergusons biggest mistake whilst at the throne of one of the biggest clubs in the world? Well, after the recent defeat at Old Trafford to David Moyes former team Everton, it may be a position that United look to improve over the January window. Stranger things have happened, but it is unlikely that Paul Pogba will ever swap the ‘Old Lady’ for the ‘Red Devils’ any time soon.
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