Juventus are still hopeful of re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United next summer despite the Frenchman’s return to form.
Pogba scored twice in United’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday to bring his total to four since Jose Mourinho was sacked. His resurgence has been touted as a factor in the side’s improved performances under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But reports still claim that Juve want Pogba to return to the club where he played from 2012 to 2016 winning four Serie A titles.
Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho began to suffer following the arrival at the end of January of Alexis Sanchez. Mourinho demanded that he played in a deeper role in order to accommodate Sanchez in what was the start of a deterioration in the relationship between the two men.
But Sanchez hasn’t played for United since the goalless draw with Crystal Palace over a month ago and his absence along with Mourinho’s sacking has helped Pogba to flourish.
The 25-year-old is now joint-top scorer alongside Anthony Martial with nine goals and Solskjaer explained his Man Of The Match performance against Bournemouth.
“That today is a top, top performance for a midfielder,” said the Manchester United boss. “Because it’s all-round. It’s work-rate, he’s dangerous in the box, he wins headers, wins tackles, and there’s no showboating. It’s touch, pass, move and he plays the efficient game.
“And Paul knows he’s at his best when he plays that game and there was maybe one flick that he missed halfway through the second-half that he could have done better with but not a lot else he could have done.
As I’ve said to all the players, we want to see the best out of them, we want to see them enjoy themselves and express themselves within the framework and how we want the team to play and all of them really performed up to the top standards.”