When Paul Pogba joined Manchester United's youth academy in 2009, he had come with an already promising reputation.
His huge frame and gangly arms only added to the technically brilliant feet he had and his range of passing had shown that he had potential to become a genuine box to box midfielder. It was a role that promised him so much at Old Trafford and one that the club could desperately use at the minute.
From the beginning
From the beginning of his time with the Red Devils, he was years ahead of himself. Having a cool head and physical dominance in the centre of the park saw him quickly climb the ladder into the team's reserves. Scoring eye-catching goals was the norm for the Frenchman, even back then, and his efforts could only go unnoticed for so long.
Sir Alex Ferguson recognised the potential superstar he had on his hands, and worried that the player would be plucked from his grasp, he's quoted as having told United's official website, whilst he was still in charge:
"I mean if we hold Pogba back, what's going to happen? He's going to leave. You know, in a couple of years' time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he's got great ability"
Sir Alex wasn't wrong, after a string of substitute appearances, and being left out of games when his services would've clearly been useful, the French international turned down a new contract, leaving Old Trafford feeling unwanted and neglected.
Frustrated and eager for game time, Pogba looked to Italian champions Juventus to further his already startling abilities. He left United on a free transfer, with a bitter taste in his mouth and a burning desire to fulfil his potential he hit the ground running for the club scoring his first competitive goal in October and going on to help the Bianconeri to their second successive title and racking up a significant number of appearances along the way.
Ballon d'Or nominee
Since then Pogba hasn't looked back, not once. He continues to grow and grow as a player, quickly becoming a world beater at the age of 21, with one panelist for this season's highly coveted Ballon D'or naming him as their best player in the world.
He's being called the new Vieira in some parts. Fans are saying he's going to be better than Zinedine Zidane. These claims aren't unjustified and it hasn't stopped potential suitors lining up to try and tease him away from Juventus, his old club United included.
Happy with life in Italy
But Pogba seems happy with life in Italy, more so than with Manchester. The fans worship him, the team is being built around him and he's playing with a confidence that he was never given the chance to in England.
United have been heavily linked with the player ever since he left on a free in 2012, a fact that sends shivers down the spine.
But the reality of it is, is Pogba any better off struggling in the Premier League with a pitiful United side who are lacking any sort of leadership? Or is he happier being the orchestrator of the new symphony at Juventus?
I'll let you figure that one out.
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