Paul Pogba received a warning about joining Manchester United that turned out to be true before he returned to the club in 2016.
The French midfielder returned to United from Juventus six years ago for a then world record fee of £94.5million but has generally struggled during his time back at Old Trafford. He is set to leave the club on a free transfer for the second time when his contract expires this season, with Juventus amongst the clubs linked with the 29-year-old.
Now, former team-mate Claudio Marchisio has revealed he advised Pogba against re-signing for United ahead of the transfer being completed.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Marchisio explained: “He [Pogba] is the player that impressed me the most for the huge evolution that he had in Juventus because he arrived as a boy. Me, [Arturo] Vidal and [Andrea] Pirlo immediately understood his enormous potential and that’s what he showed.
“We also became friends and as a friend I told him that Manchester United couldn’t be the right solution for him, the right choice. Not because of the team, it’s a great team, but because of the moment of his career.
“In terms of a return to Juventus, as a friend, I would be so happy to see him again at Juventus. It would be good for the club, I would suggest him to come back. But it’s up to him and the club to decide.”
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Pogba and Marchisio played alongside each other 131 times in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four league titles and two Italian Cups.
Since joining United, Pogba has gone on to make 226 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 39 goals and making 51 assists. He has, however, only won two League Cups and the Europa League with the club.
With his United contract set to expire this summer, Pogba will likely leave the club for free with both Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly prepared to do battle to sign the World Cup winner.