My mum said I'd return to Man U: Pogba

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: Pogba says he is happy to see familiar faces at Old Trafford where he logged seven first-team appearances in his first spell with the club. The media say he is back for a $156 million fee.


    Aug 10, 2016

    My mum said I'd return to Man U: Pogba


    PAUL Pogba said he had fulfilled the "destiny" foreseen by his mother as he completed a return to Manchester United from Juventus yesterday for a world-record fee.

    The Red Devils confirmed he had signed a five-year contract but did not specify the transfer fee.

    British media have estimated the value at £89 million (S$156 million).

    The astronomical figure is remarkable given that he left Old Trafford for less than £1 million compensation fee after his contract expired in 2012.

    With the long-running transfer saga formally concluded only in the early hours of yesterday morning, United released a statement on their website and published an interview Pogba had given to MUTV.

    Asked about his return, the midfielder said: "I think it's destiny. First, my mum told me I would come back here."

    "For myself as well, it's a big challenge too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started," added Pogba, who made seven first-team appearances during his previous spell.

    "My mum, she says, 'Your mum is always right' so she was right this time," noted the player who won four consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus.

    He was adamant he would not be distracted by talk of the price tag.

    "The thing with me is I only think about the pitch," he said.

    "I want to do great, I want to be one of the best."

    United have not won the Premier League since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

    Pogba said of his coming back to United: "It was like I'd just came back home.

    "I just went for a holiday...

    "I'm happy and I see everyone, the same people. It's just a great feeling, to be honest."

    His transfer completed a highly intense off-season.

    "There was there a bit of sadness of course because we (France) lost the (Euro 2016) final (to Portugal) at home but I will say I'm happy," he said.