French midfield dynamo Paul Pogba should return to Manchester United if the opportunity presents itself in the foreseeable future.
The 21-year-old, who only left Old Trafford for Juventus in the summer of 2012, is reportedly on Louis van Gaal’s radar as he looks to make further transfers in the new year after shelving out £150million on new players this summer.
Despite snaring the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao from Real Madrid and Monaco, their failure to address their below-par midfield has yielded criticism from many with Pogba now the man who could finally end their problems once and for all.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to let the youngster swap Manchester for Turin is viewed by many as one of the greatest mistakes of his tenure.
The Scot selected Pogba just 7 times during his reign, with the final straw being when he opted for a midfield duo of Park Ji Sung and Rafael Da Silva during a 3-2 loss to Blackburn in the winter of 2011.
His final cameo in a red shirt came during a defeat to Atletico Bilbao in the Europa League, with United losing the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
Despite his move to the Theatre of Dreams becoming engulfed in controversy following accusations from former club Le Havre about ‘stealing’ the youngster, Ferguson was powerless to renew his contract which allowed him to sign on with Antonio Conte and Juventus on a free transfer.
Yet, since his move, Pogba has gone from strength-to-strength, and was voted the Young Player of the Tournament at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer.
The Frenchman has established himself as one of the finest midfielders on the planet, and along with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo is a crucial clog in one of the most enviable line-ups in world football.
He has played a pivotal role in Juventus’ recent domestic domination – and is currently looking to help Massimilano Allegri’s men to lift an unprecedented fourth consecutive Serie A title.
Pogba will also be looking to win a first Champions League title of his career, with the club’s hopes having been bolstered by the additions of Patrice Evra and Alvaro Morata as well as managing to keep Arturo Vidal out of Van Gaal’s clutches for the time being.
United may face a huge challenge in securing Pogba’s services, with Chelsea and Real Madrid also interested and in pole position with the promise of European football.
However, there is a feeling the Frenchman still has unfinished business at the Theatre of Dreams, and could be the player that United have needed for years.
Kevin Strootman remains number one target given his healthy relationship with Van Gaal from the time spent on international duty with the Netherlands, but Pogba would fit in with the Galactico policy now employed by CEO Ed Woodward.
Any deal is unlikely to come cheap, with Juventus only willing to do business if United cough up £60million.