Paul Pogba in training for United.

Pogba: Juventus reunion is really special for me

Paul Pogba admits it will be an emotional occasion when he runs out at Old Trafford against his former club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Manchester United midfielder, who was exceptional in the second half of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea, is desperate to pit his wits against the Bianconeri in one of the biggest games at the Theatre of Dreams for years.

With the atmosphere likely to be electric for a fascinating battle against the Serie A champions, there will be huge scrutiny on Pogba, as always, and he accepts winning the competition is high on his list of priorities after already achieving so much in his short career.

Paul Pogba in Juventus colours.
Pogba was a driving force for Juventus during his four-year stay in Turin.

”I’d spoken to my brother about it,” he told UEFA. “And we said: ‘Can you imagine what it’d be like if we’re drawn in the same group as Juventus?’ That’s the way it’s panned out and it’s really special. We’ve all been sending messages about seeing each other again. There’s a lot of emotions involved because I began my first season in the professional game and scored my first goal at Juve.

“It’s there that I developed a player and so I have huge respect for the club. [But] I’ve come back home. I joined the youth academy here. I’m at home here and it will always be that way. I grew up with my team-mates and we’ve all been reunited again in the first team, so it’s a beautiful story. The career I have had and now, with this return to Manchester, it’s really splendid.”

With Valencia and Young Boys also in Group H, the battle is on for qualification to the round of 16 but Pogba sees no reason to aim high, particularly considering the unpredictable nature of knockout football.

”You can’t predict anything in the Champions League,” he said. “It’s like the World Cup. I see it as a high-profile competition with great teams. Everything is possible.

“I must admit I’m thinking about it [lifting the trophy]. I think all players want to win this title. It’s my goal to take it home.”

Paul Pogba up against Juventus in the Champions League final.
Paul was part of the Juventus side beaten by Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final.
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