Paul Pogba says his mother always knew he would return to Manchester United and that “I learned a lot” from Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.
Pogba began his career at United and moved back from Juve in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record €105m, although he has recently been linked with signing for the Bianconeri a second time.
“My mother always told me: ‘You will go somewhere but come back.’ She always said this,” he told UTD Podcast.
“I was like: ‘We will see’ but you know mothers, and the things she said: ‘You will come back here, don’t worry’ and that was just after. She said: ‘You will come back to Manchester, don’t worry’, and I did.
“When I came back, I was really happy to come back. I left it and didn’t finish. I started something but I didn’t finish, I just went somewhere else.
“Obviously, coming back to where I started was, for me, why I was really happy. Now, I was ready to come as a confirmed player, not a youth player.”
The 27-year-old played alongside Pirlo for three seasons and admitted the Italy icon was one of his two role models, the other being Paul Scholes.
“You learn a lot and you look at them,” says Pogba. “I really learned and have been learning. It was unbelievable for me, seeing them training like that, and it pushed me.
“Okay, I have to work hard and have a lot more to do. Pirlo and Scholes, those are midfielders who control the game, the players to look at, and I learned from them, a lot.”
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