PAUL POGBA’S outspoken criticism of Manchester United’s tactics are covering up a desperate desire to return to Juventus, it has been claimed.
Pogba went public with his belief United should be adopting more offensive tactics after the club stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Wolves.
His statement was seen as a direct criticism of manager Jose Mourinho’s more cautious style of play.
And they came after he was hauled over the coals by his manager for losing possession in the build-up to Wolves scoring their equalising goal at Old Trafford on Saturday, as revealed by SunSport.
And according to Italian paper Tuttosport, the reason behind him speaking out is that he wants to leave United and return to Juve.
Pogba, 25, spent four years in Turin where he established himself as one of the best midfield players in the world.
He won four Serie A titles with the Old Lady, before making a then world record £98million return to United – the club where he started his career.
But since moving back to the North-West, the French midfielder has struggled to find his best form and meet the huge expectation levels placed upon him.
There have also been suggestions his relationship with manager Mourinho has turned sour, with the United boss unhappy at his apparent struggles to fit in to a more tactical way of playing.
Talk of him wanting out at Old Trafford grew over the course of the summer when agent Mino Raiola hawked him round some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Pogba remained tight-lipped over his future at the time, even though Raiola appeared to be trying to engineer a move away from United.
The club insisted their record buy was not for sale, despite suggestions Barcelona were keen to take him to the Nou Camp before the transfer window closed at the end of August.
And earlier this month Pogba gave a clue about the fractious state of his relationship with Mourinho when he admitted it was nothing more than “strictly professional”.
Since then he has responded on the pitch with some improved performances. particularly impressive in the Champions League win over Young Boys.
But the suggestions in Italy appear to be that Pogba is angling for a move back to Juve, the club where he produced the best football of his career.
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