Juventus goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that neither he nor his teammates can understand how Manchester United allowed a talent such as Paul Pogba to leave on a free transfer and claimed that United were blind to part ways with the Frenchman.
Pogba arrived in Turin in 2012 and despite being only 19 at the time, he quickly developed into a crucial figure for Juventus, ousting Claudio Marchisio – ironically, another midfielder on United’s radar – from the starting XI and becoming one of Europe’s best midfielders.
“He’s one of those players who leaves you with your mouth wide open,” Buffon told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We all asked ourselves, after seeing him train with us for the third or the fourth time, when he was still unknown, whether the people in Manchester couldn’t see very well.”
Pogba’s performances for Juventus and France – the 20-year-old led France to to victory in the FIFA under-20 World Cup last summer, before breaking in the senior side – make painful viewing for United, given the Frenchman was let go for free, after he complained about a lack of opportunities at Old Trafford.
United have recently been linked with a surprise move for their former player, who’s also attracted strong interest from PSG, while David Moyes was in Cagliari on Sunday to scout Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, two players that have also been linked with a surprise switch to Old Trafford, despite being key components in the Juventus’ machine.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, however, believes Moyes would be better off looking elsewhere for midfielders, as neither Vidal nor Pogba or Marchisio look set to leave the Old Lady anytime soon.
“I can see that everybody wants to stay here and sign new contracts,” said the Juventus defender. “Pogba knows how important he is for us. He’s got clubs lining up for him, but he needs to keep his cool and carry on playing the way he is, in spite of the pressure.”
“Vidal has only just renewed his contract, and he is one of the strongest midfielders in the world.”
Over to you, David.