It’s fair to say Paul Pogba hasn’t had the easiest start to his second stint at Manchester United.
The Frenchman finally got off the mark with a goal in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Leicester, but his early performances following his £89million move to Old Trafford were slammed by fans and commentators alike.
United may still be questioning their decision to spend a world record fee on the midfielder, but Chelsea fans will be relieved to know that it could have been their own problem.
Agent Mino Raiola has told the Sun that Jose Mourinho actually wanted Pogba a year ago – when he was still at Chelsea having just won the Premier League title – but the player didn’t push for the move.
Juventus and Raiola together decided that it would be best for Pogba to stay in Turin for one more year and try to win the Champions League. When that didn’t happen, he was free to move on, hence how he ended up at Old Trafford.
“Paul could have left [Juventus] last year because Mourinho – then at Chelsea – really wanted him,” Raiola explained.
“But Juventus and I had an agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”