MANCHESTER United are in trouble and fans of Italian champions Juventus are right to dream of signing Paul Pogba, France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said yesterday.
“All of Manchester United are in trouble. Pogba is still the same and one of the best midfielders in the world,” Deschamps told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport of the tensions between Pogba and United boss Jose Mourinho.
“However, I’ll never comment on relationships between players and coaches.”
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus, whom he joined for free in 2012 after walking out on United after the club failed to tie him to a new contract.
He then returned to United in 2016 on a five-year contract for a then-record transfer fee of £89,3 million (R1,7 billion).
Deschamps suggested the prospect of Pogba once again quitting United for Juventus was not so far-fetched.
“Dreams are a part of life,” he added. “Maybe the fans hadn’t dreamed of Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended up signing.
“Sometimes dreams come true but compared to a few years ago, it would cost Juve a lot more to buy Pogba now.”
Deschamps managed Juventus in the mid-2000s after the club were demoted from Serie A amid a match-fixing scandal, having played for five years with the club until 1999.
“Today’s Juve are as strong as the Juve with which I won the Champions League in 1996,” said the 49-year-old of the Italian champions’ last European triumph.
“The difference is also down to details. This Juventus has the means to be among the favourites.
“Cristiano Ronaldo makes Champions League victory almost obligatory.” – AFP