It’s four years since Manchester United made the extremely expensive decision to let Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.
Having become disillusioned with life under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Frenchman sought first-team football. And he got it at Juventus, who paid United a £700,000 compensation fee.
Pogba made his return in the summer for a world record £89 million fee and United are hoping that he can justify the price tag by helping Jose Mourinho build a dynasty.
Discussing whether Pogba would have become a world-class talent had he stayed is, of course, worthless. But the general consensus is that the Red Devils wouldn’t currently be digging themselves out of a hole.
The 23-year-old emerged into a star in Turin, helping the Old Lady win four Serie A titles and leading them to a Champions League final.
Even Sir Alex Ferguson will admit that letting Pogba leave wasn’t one of his best managerial decisions.
But he’s back and he’s finally starting to settle. An impressive showing against Leicester City last weekend was followed up by a decent performance against Zorya in the Europa League, in which the midfielder completed 107 passes.
First United debut
Pogba will look to continue his form when United host Stoke City tomorrow lunchtime.
The game has particular significance for the French international, for the Potters are the club Pogba made his Premier League debut against nearly five years ago.
Ferguson brought Pogba off the bench during a 2-0 win against Stoke in January 2012. The youngster has even taken to Instagram to remember his first United debut.
He added the caption: “Tomorrow we play Stoke, big memories of my debut with the team in 2012, God is great!"
Ben Amos started in goal for United that day, and Antonio Valencia was still a flying winger. How times have changed.
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