Allegri dubs Pogba’s return to Juve as fantasy

Paul Pogba
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates as he scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Massimiliano Allegri has written off Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus, dubbing it as pure fantasy in his recent interview.

Pogba enjoyed a successful spell with the current Italian Champions after joining the club as a youngster from United in 2012.

The World cup winner has struggled to replicate that form in a United shirt since a then-world record transfer fee of £89m which led to the speculations of a likely return to Italy.

However, under the interim manager Solskjaer the 25-year-old midfielder has started to rekindle his lost glory and seems to feel at home in Manchester.

He has been United’s standout player over the last month as they have won eight games in a row, including a 3-1 victory at Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday, leaving Allegri to accept there is little chance of Pogba making a return.

“Oh my… you [journalists] have such fantasies,” the Juventus head coach said on Saturday. “I think that a return of Pogba to Juventus is very, very unlikely.

“I will not deceive myself, I think it will be really hard to see Pogba come back.”

Speaking after the FA Cup tie, Ray Parlour told The Debate Pogba is playing like a “free spirit” under Solkskjaer.

“He’s a World Cup winner, you respect him as a player, and now he is playing to his potential,” said Parlour.

“I didn’t see that at the start of the season. Every week it was always about Pogba and why he wasn’t performing, but he looks like he is a free spirit now.”