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Why leaving Juventus would be the biggest mistake of Paul Pogba's career.

Saturday 11th January 2014
They say Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager of all time, which may be a true statement. He is a man that won numerous titles at the same club, Manchester United, that he joined all the way back in 1986, who created team after team, some better than others, that constantly challenged for every possible honour. However, he made one big mistake that left David Moyes with a huge problem - Allowing Paul Pogba to leave for Juventus in 2012.As the new United manager's problems mount up, the need for a midfielder is well documented and Europe's Golden Boy 2013 award winner would have been a perfect fit at Old Trafford. Although he may never admit it, Sir Alex may well regret not listening to the then 18-year old Frenchman's requests for regular first team football.

Meanwhile, since moving to Serie A, Pogba has gone from strength to strength as Juve have and, despite being dumped out of the Champions League at the Group Stage earlier this season, both club and player look set for another extremely successful domestic season.

So much so that links to the likes of Arsenal, Paris St Germain and even back to the Red Devils have begun to surface, unsurprisingly.

The player himself has spoken both of his commitment to the Bianconeri, but also his dreams of playing for Arsene Wenger's side, and also Barcelona. He also hails from Paris, sharing an agent, in Mino Raiola, with PSG top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With an open transfer window, so much speculation, a contract that is cheap and running down and the knowledge that Pogba is a proven flight risk, it's easy to see why Juventus could be worried.

But he really shouldn't leave Turin. With early Serie A looking like it's finally getting back to it's best and the probability that he is Juve's best young player, he has everything he needs right where he is.

Having become a regular starter in a midfield where competition comes from likes of Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo, he will play a key role in the next few years at the Juventus Stadium. If he went to PSG for example, first team football is extremely unlikely to be guaranteed, while Arsenal's ability to challenge for titles in the long term remains to be seen despite topping the Premier League and Man United's qualification for next season's Champions League is far from a foregone conclusion.

Juve have also understandably put a hefty price tag on the French international, but that is unlikely to deter clubs from chasing a player that undoubtedly has the potential to become world class one day, and one day soon, but this isn't a gossip column.

It would be extremely unfortunate for the Italian champions to lose one of their prize assets this month, or any month, but surely it wouldn't be recommended that the player goes elsewhere in January, with the small matter of the World Cup just six months away now, and the upheaval of having to settle in to new surroundings would be an unnecessary threat to Pogba's very good chances of making it into Didier Deschamp's squad for Brazil.

Paul Pogba is a fantastic player now, and will only get better. Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United's loss can only truly be Antonio Conte's gain if he stays in Turin beyond the foreseeable future.
Harry De Cosemo
19 years old, Newcastle season ticket holder. European football enthusiast and aspiring football writer. Currently doing a Journalism degree at Teesside University. You can follow me on Twitter: @harrydecosemo

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