Andrea Pirlo confident Juventus will be successful without Paul Pogba

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It hasn't taken long for the critics to begin to swarm around Paul Pogba.

Since making the £89 million move from Juventus to Manchester United, the spotlight has rarely drifted away from the French midfielder.

And a disappointing performance against Manchester City at the weekend drew plenty of analysis from pundits and former players as Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Man United boss.

It has now been over a month since Pogba's record-breaking transfer and Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo has supported his old club's decision to sell the 23-year-old.

The defending Italian champions have continued where they left off last season with three wins from as many games so far in the Serie A.

Summer arrivals Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic have filled the void left by Pogba ,and Pirlo is confident Juventus will remain a dominant force this year.

"It was the right choice, when you look at the players who came in," Pirlo told Sky Italia.

"After such a great transfer window, I think Juventus are now built to win everything."

"Looking from the outside, the Italian championship isn't that bad, but the transfer market showed that Juve are above everyone. It's like the French league. Juve are in a separate competition - at least, that's what the transfer window suggested. They're like PSG."

The former Italian international's belief in his old side should be a warning to any European side who may underestimate Massimiliano Allegri's team in this season's Champions League.

The 2015 runners up kick off the group stages of this year's competition with a testing trip to Dinamo Zagreb but will be confident of topping Group H which also consists of Sevilla and Lyon.

Pirlo, who now turns out for New York City in the MLS, also revealed he turned down a return to his homeland with Inter Milan to remain at his current club.

The 37-year-old added: "I could return to Inter, there was a survey with the leaders but I preferred to stay in America."

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