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Manchester United must swallow pride and buy back Pogba

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Manchester United fans have been clamouring for new blood in central midfield in an effort to revitalise an area of the Red Devils side that has steadily declined in recent years, but they had Europe's most exciting young player in that position and allowed him to leave for nothing.

Paul Pogba has just about every attribute you could ask for in a modern midfielder, comfortable in possession, capable of making crucial interceptions and having the kind of killer instinct to be productive in the final third.

Pogba was the jewel in United's academy for a short spell, a powerhouse primed for success when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2009, but never gained enough support from Sir Alex Ferguson to press home his claims for regular first-team football in the Premier League.

The French starlet quickly grew frustrated at having his path to the starting XI blocked by trustworthy United veterans, with the return from retirement of Paul Scholes helping to convince Pogba that he needed a new club to fulfil his undoubted potential.

United failed to change Pogba's mind and that mistake looks more glaring with each passing month, blossoming at the heart of the defending Serie A champions Juventus and with France ahead of a debut World Cup next summer.

Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte has harnessed Pogba's ability alongside the considerable quality of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, while United have lacked creative impetus in the middle of park from the likes of much-maligned Anderson and Tom Cleverly.

Red Devils boss David Moyes may be tired of hearing how his side are struggling to control matches but there is one sure-fire way to repair that part of the side, dig deep and bring Pogba back to the Premier League before title rivals Chelsea or Arsenal get there first.

Ferguson's snub two years ago makes the move look unlikely but Moyes could put his own stamp on a United side struggling for identity by signing Pogba, a player yet to reach the peak of his powers while still being one of the most dominant young midfielders on the continent.

Juve's surprise exit from the Champions League this week could well provide the conditions to make a potential deal feasible, albeit at a hefty price tag probably passing the £30m mark.

If Moyes is mulling over a move and wants advice from experienced players who have played with Pogba he needs look no further than the United dressing room, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs on record as stating that Pogba had a significant impact on his Red Devils team-mates during a short-lived spell at the club.

An ever-growing list of central options continue to be heralded as the answer to helping United rediscover top form including Wesley Sneijder, Koke and Ander Hererra, but Pogba should be their number one target and has got what it takes to ensure the Red Devils get it right second time around, if the price is right.

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