Saturday, July 11, 2020

Should Paul Pogba return to Manchester United?

Why should Pogba return to Man Utd? / Image via

Why should Pogba return to Man Utd? / Image via

Ser Alex Ferguson was an old school manager.

Military discipline came before talent and quality, David Beckham was the first one to feel it first-hand.

However, the methods Fergie and his clubs used to lure young Pogba from Le Havre in 2009, were the exact ones that were used when the French starlet was departing for Juventus and the legendary Scottish manager had no right to feel angry or disappointed.

In both cases the player and his agent were offered high sums of money, but Paul Pogba also had a personal agenda with the latter as he was left disillusioned over the prospect of breaking into the Manchester United’s first team.

Instead of waiting for his shot and working his way up at Old Trafford, Frenchman decided to take a shortcut to stardom when he packed his bags and moved to Italian giants Juventus.

The 23-year-old achieved almost a cult status with the Old Lady during four years in Turin, so why would he ever want to come back to a club which discarded him and his talents so easily?

The answer is quite simple actually.


It is a well-known scenario we have seen before in the Premier League.

And Jose Mourinho was already in the middle of one as well. Former Chelsea boss decided to pay a hefty sum of money to rectify the error of his predecessors by bringing back Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic to Stamford Bridge.

Matic’s return had cost Chelsea dearly, and Manchester United will surely have to dig deep into their pockets to do the same with Pogba.

Red Devils could have nurtured one of the best midfielders in the world themselves, but their misjudgement will now cost them a significant amount of money.

Juventus are in position to decline and reject the deal, but Paul Pogba appears to have a personal agenda once again.

French media outlet L’Equipe reported earlier last week that French international midfielder wants to complete the full circle by returning to Manchester United. He apparently informed some teammates and his closest friends about his wish that could be made live after the Euro 2016.


Manchester United have managed to salvage their season in the closing stages of the 2015-16 season with Louis van Gaal leading the Red Devils to a fifth-place finish. United ended the season level on points with their noisy neighbours, but still missed the chance to grab Champions League football thanks to goal difference.

Europa League is a consolation prize for Jose Mourinho, who is beginning his own new circle with the club which intends to get back to the biggest stage as soon as possible.

Being a global brand as they are, Manchester United have suffered a great deal in the last couple of seasons and the most successful club in England has set its sights on winning the Premier League and returning to the Champions League.

Should he accept to return to Manchester United, Paul Pogba would have to go through a season without the Europe’s elite competition. However, he would be a part of the new exciting team led by one of the most exciting managers to work with and some of the biggest world stars – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.

Pogba would be guaranteed a place in the starting line-up and a chance to finally prove his worth to Ser Alex Ferguson who would be watching the French star play from the stands.


Another important aspect of any possible deal that would see Paul Pogba move back to Manchester United.

Frenchman’s transfer would command a record £110 million transfer fee Manchester United seem to be willing to fork out. Red Devils need to make room in their budget and Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to sell seven of his players to accommodate the arrival of Paul Pogba.

Portuguese tactician is willing to cut the core to 22 men he will work with next season which means that the likes of Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Daley Blind, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata’s futures are in serious doubt.

Paul Pogba would immediately be made one of club’s top earners and the club would put him in frame with Zlatan and Rooney with around £220,000 a week, but it is important to mention that his agent also has a big interest in seeing this deal go through.

Mino Rayola stands to earn incredible €25 million in commission should Pogba’s deal go ahead.

Frenchman cannot afford to think about the move just yet, not until tonight anyways, as he prepares to lead France into the Euro 2016 final. Les Bleus stand at 21/20 to be crowned European Champions tonight and Paul Pogba will be hugely motivated to round the incredible year with a major trophy on home soil.



Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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