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Solskjaer denies Pogba is a better player because of Juventus stint

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied that star midfielder Paul Pogba is a better player because of the time he spent in Italy with Juventus.

Pogba left Manchester United as an 18-year-old to join Juve after becoming disillusioned with a lack of first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, after winning four successive Serie A titles in Turin, the France international returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, in a then world record transfer deal worth £89 million.

Pogba had a difficult relationship with former United boss Jose Mourinho and struggled to perform at his best under the Portuguese, although he has been in sensational form since Solskjaer took charge just before Christmas.

When it was put to Solskjaer that maybe Pogba would not have developed to be the player he is today had he remained at Old Trafford, the Norwegian coach replied.

“I’m not sure about that because with the top talents that most of them jump over the reserves when you know, like Giggsy did, he went straight into the first team,” Solskjaer told the press ahead of his sides Premier League clash with Burnley at Old Trafford tomorrow.

“Paul had six or seven games in the reserves and that was it, he probably would’ve got into the first team had he stayed but he’s a World Cup winner, plays well for Manchester United first team now.”

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