Paul Pogba is back at Juventus. The French midfielder left Manchester United on a free transfer this summer, just six years after his then-world record £ 89.3 million move, and he returned to Turin to begin his career.
At 29, Pogba is at the peak of his power, but during his time in the Premier League he has faced criticism for a variety of reasons.
In 2012, 19-year-old Pogba left United’s academy and moved to Juventus after missing a chance in the first team led by Sir Alex Ferguson. He enjoyed a successful four-year career in Turin, winning four consecutive league titles and two Copa Italia trophies, but soon returned to Old Trafford in 2016.
In the first edition of #Pogback he further developed his skills – and won the World Cup with France in 2018 – but he was only able to add the EFL Cup and Europa League trophy to his trophy cabinet in 2016-17, and it looks like he. United Ferguson failed to find a suitable successor.
Often related to his return to Real Madrid, PSG or Juventus, Pogba’s relationship with the fans deteriorated and he was not surprised when he canceled his contract to become a free agent this summer. Now ready for a second shot at Juve, he will also be joined by manager Massimiliano Allegri as the club go on to win their first Serie A title since 2020.
But how was his game in Italy different from his game in England?
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Effects on Juventus
Pogba has already taken away the freedom of position he felt during his first spell in Turin.
“It’s true that at Juventus they were different than Manchester United,” he told L’Equipe a year ago. “We were already playing with three midfielders.” [at Juventus], In 5-3-2. I had freedom, I wanted to be in the box, I wanted to attack. It was a bond. In Manchester, I have the freedom to go in the box, but the priority is to play and defend. “
Clearly, he was able to make more of an impact on the left side of midfield – a position he also prefers for France – and he didn’t need to do so much on the right side of the pitch.
This freedom is also indicated in Pogba’s ability to shoot from a distance at Juwe. Apparently he felt more able to get out of the box and he could even find the back of the net.
The struggle for the unity of man
At United, the touchmap clearly shows how much Pogba was dragged around the pitch, especially to the right.
Under Jose Mourinho, he was initially used to the role of midfield keeper and said in 2016: “I try to adapt to the situation. I am a player who loves to travel. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them. I want to get well “try the ball and defensively. It cost me a bit to play differently [ex-teammate Andrea] Pirlo. I want to play, I want to get better and play more for the team. ,
Later, under the leadership of Vettel Gunnar Solskire, Pogba found a small part of his success as a winger, which Fred and Scott McTomine used in midfield, before he returned to midfield role again.
It is clear that at United he was expected to play deeper than Juve. But, the funny thing is that his tackle percentage was very good in Turin and in Old Trafford (2018-19) he showed year-round shine with 13 goals and nine assists, his touchmap was the same as his time in Italy, it was very action. . Central midfield on the left.
This means less accurate shots on goal from outside the box. The dust of 25-yard effort is still there, and as United increased the number of his shots in the first three seasons, it became more bizarre – mainly due to disappointment in the build-up game.
So how does Pogba succeed? To get started, return to your preferred left-center position. As for the rest?
“I just want the best for me,” he continued. “I’m thinking, putting everything together, taking my time, and I’m just looking for the best, I want to play football, always want to be myself and enjoy what I do. I want to enjoy what I do because otherwise I can’t do well. I don’t want to think negatively. We can lose games, trophies, but you have to be happy and enjoy yourself – that’s what I’m looking for. ,