Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he doesn't expect Paul Pogba to return to Manchester United, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Pogba of course left Old Trafford for Turin in the summer of 2013 after failing to secure a place in the club's first-team under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Class of Pogba
And since departing English soil, Pogba has gone from strength-to-strength in Italy's elite division, and is now regarded as one of the leading midfielders in world football.
This has led to a number of rumours regarding the player's future, with reports indicating that the Red Devils are preparing a club-record bid in the region of £60 million in order to secure the player's signature.
However, Pirlo, who currently starts alongside the enigmatic Frenchman, has insisted that Manchester United have to live with the mistake which ultimately cost them the services of Pogba.
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"For whatever reasons they chose not to give him a chance - and that is a mistake they will have to live with now," Pirlo told Telefoot.
"I can’t see that he (Pogba) will ever return to Manchester United."
Pursuit to continue
However, despite Pirlo's comments, the same report has suggested that Manchester United could continue their pursuit of the Frenchman as they look to improve in the midfield department.
There's no doubt about it, despite the fact the Red Devils have splashed the cash on a number of midfield stars over the course of the last 12-months or so, there's still something missing in the middle of the park at the Theatre of Dreams.
Pogba, then, would no doubt provide a physical presence for Louis van Gaal's side, but any potential deal seems a long way off. And with Michael Carrick approaching his latter years, the Red Devils boss may well look to replace the Englishman sooner rather than later.
It now remains to be seen as to whether the Red Devils make a move in this transfer window or hold out until the summer.
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