Manchester United paid a British record sum of £89million in the 2016 summer transfer window to bring Paul Pogba back to the club from Juventus.
The Frenchman was part of the club’s academy and left in 2012 after not signing a new contract with the club under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Paul Pogba was left frustrated due to a lack of opportunities in his first stint at the club and Juventus swooped down to take him on board. After four successful seasons in Turin, new manager Jose Mourinho convinced the board that the Frenchman needed to be brought back to add some life and spice to a struggling United midfield.
Mourinho had always been interested in signing Paul Pogba. Having been brought to Manchester United to replace Louis van Gaal prior to the 2016/17 season, the Portuguese sought to imprint his famous philosophy on the club, last seen in at Chelsea during his second tenure in West London.
Now we all know that the backbone of any Mourinho side is formed of their central defenders and central defensive midfielders, and indeed he signed Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly from Villarreal to reinforce that notion, but his pursuit of Paul Pogba was unprecedented.
However, it showed that the Portuguese tactician had an idea in mind for the Frenchman and wanted to explore his creative capabilities. But even after months of trying to settle down at the club, the then 23-year-old’s failure to do anything significant on the ball left the Stretford End faithful frustrated.
When he was off it, Paul Pogba tended to be brilliant, with his ability to run into wide open spaces and make sure that opposition midfielders did not get a whiff of the ball when he was around it.