Sunday 4 December 2016

Paul Pogba receives the ultimate seal of approval from Juventus legend

Published 23/08/2016 | 00:52

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

Manchester United new-boy Paul Pogba has received the ultimate seal of approval from one of his former Juventus team-mates - after legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon backed the ‘special’ Frenchman to shine following his return to Old Trafford.

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Pogba left Juventus for a world record £89m earlier this month and made his mark after turning in an impressive debut for Jose Mourinho’s side in their 2-0 win against Southampton last Friday.

Now Italy great Buffon has hailed the 23-year-old midfielder as a ‘tremendous warrior’, as he backed Pogba to emerge as a Premier League in his second spell as a United player.

“The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent,” he said in widely reported comments.

“His control of the ball and the way he can swiftly change the play from defence to attack is special. For us it hurts to lose him. “Of course the decision was with the directors and not down to the players.

“I have no doubts that Paul will be a success in the Premier League. It may take some time to adapt but I’m certain he will do it, especially as he knows the club well which is important.

Gianluigi Buffon Photo: REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Gianluigi Buffon Photo: REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

“Manchester United have signed a very good player and a very good team-mate.”

Pogba has been accused of being a little to arrogant for his own good after he made his mark on the world stage following his exit from United following a contract dispute in 2012, but Buffon offers a different view.

“He’s a good kid,” he added. “The important thing is that his attitude is excellent on the pitch and in training. The thing we will miss most now he has gone is his closeness with everyone in the team.

“I have seen him grow and improve during his time here, especially his attitude on the pitch and the way he works for all the team.

“Manchester United have signed a very good player. It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past but he has many details of the games of both (Michel) Platini and (Zinedine) Zidane.”

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