Paul Pogba has used a statement about Juventus to aim what some might consider to be a jibe at former club Manchester United, insisting that his period at the latter was like a ‘holiday’.
The France international was infamously let go by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 after demanding first team football at Old Trafford and has since gone on to become a superstar in Turin.
However, whilst rumours have often linked the midfielder with a return to Manchester, Pogba’s latest comments don’t paint the time he spent in England in a positive light.
Talking up the levels of pressure present at Juve, Pogba implied that the work ethic was far greater than during his time at United. Granted, he was only an emerging youngster when he was with the Red Devils, but all the same it’s an interesting concept.
Granted, he was only an emerging youngster when he was with the Red Devils, but all the same it’s an interesting concept.
"People need to know that nothing at Juve is easy," he told Italian paper La Stampa, as relayed by the Daily Express.
"There is a different culture of work compared to elsewhere. I was at Manchester and it seemed like being on holiday.
“Here we work so much. All these titles, we didn't steal them. It was by working right to the end.”
Despite having started off this season poorly, Pogba and his teammates have rallied recently and now sit fourth in the Serie A table.
There’s no doubting that the 22-year-old is a crucial element in Massimiliano Allegri’s side - particularly since the summer exit of Andrea Pirlo - but rumours continue to suggest he might move to pastures new in the near future.
Given United’s current standing in world football and the troubles they’re enduring, a return to his former haunt looks wholly unlikely.
The next logical step for Pogba would be to transfer to either Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, the three recognised heavyweights on the European scene.
In any case he’s certainly got a bright future in the game, even if it’s not going to be with United. He could have been destined for great things at Old Trafford… the footballing gods apparently decided otherwise.
United fans, do you think Pogba would have become a legend had he buckled down and remained at Old Trafford? Did Fergie make a mistake? Let us know in the comments box below.