Pogba - One man convinced me to return to Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pogba set to play for Man Utd on Friday night
Pogba set to play for Man Utd on Friday night

Paul Pogba has revealed the primary reason why he felt the time was right to return to Manchester United - with the presence of Jose Mourinho as the club's manager persuading him to complete a world record move.

In an interview with Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, the midfielder who became the most expensive player in football history when he sealed his £89m move from Juventus earlier this month has opened up on his reasons for making the move back to Manchester, four years after he left following a contract dispute with the club.

Pogba is set to make his second United debut in Friday night’s Premier League game against Southampton at Old Trafford and he admitted the appointment of Mourinho as the club’s manager this summer is one of the primary reasons why he is back in Manchester.

“He helped with things,” Pogba told Henry in an interview that will be broadcast prior to the Southampton game.

“You see a big coach like him, who has done a lot and has won everything, and when he comes here, takes the players and wants to go back to winning.

“I played four years in Italy, if he’d come two years after I’d left (United in 2012), maybe I wouldn’t have come, I would have stayed at Juve. I think it was the right time for him to come, and for me to come back.”


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Pogba went on to suggest he felt ready to play in the Premier League less than two weeks after arriving at United following his extended holiday in America, with Mourinho confirming on Thursday that he would play some part in the Southampton match.

“I came here and trained hard. They made me train alone because I didn’t play the first game,” he said. “They made me run, and I really like this because I’m used to this at Juve.

“Physically and mentally I feel great. The training has been good. I’ve touched the ball a lot too, I wasn’t used to this anymore. The training is perfect.”