Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has explained why Paul Pogba misses Juventus, pointing towards the Italian side’s place in their league table in comparison to Manchester United’s predicament.
The Frenchman left the Old Lady after four years to rejoin Man United for a world record £89m fee back in August.
Juventus currently sit four points clear at the top of Serie A, whilst United continue to languish in sixth spot in the Premier League – 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Dybala, speaking earlier this week, claimed that his former teammate misses being part of a side coasting at the top of the table.
“We stay in touch. We lack his quality on the pitch and we miss his laughter in the dressing room,” he said.
“But he misses us too, just look where we are in the table and look at Manchester United.”
Firstly, it should be noted that Pogba has never reciprocated these sentiments in any way. The Frenchman has shown nothing but dedication and love for the club since day one at Old Trafford.
Either way, Dybala’s cheeky quip at United begs an interesting question: why did he leave Juventus for United?
One evident reasons appears to be that, despite his heroic status in Turin, Manchester serves as his real home – the place where he honed his abilities as a teenager. This was also a chance to rectify the gloomy end to his time at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Above anything, though, the 23-year-old’s move to Old Trafford was predicated by a desire to take the next step in his career. He won four league titles with Juventus in as many years and then decided to search for bigger, more high-profile triumphs elsewhere.
Make no mistake, Juventus boast an excellent side, packed with world class talents. But there’s only so much recognition you can garner for dismissing lesser sides in a somewhat ailing league. Pogba wanted a larger challenge, a chance to establish himself at a truly big club, and this is why he came back to Old Trafford.