Paul Pogba has confirmed that it was Jose Mourinho who convinced him that it was the right time to rejoin United.
In an interview with Thierry Henry for Sky Sports, Pogba said that Mourinho’s presence and winning mentality made him eager to come back to Old Trafford.
The Frenchman initially left the club as an 18-year-old on a free transfer in 2012, after negotiations with Sir Alex Ferguson over a new deal broke down.
Four years down the line, Pogba is now 23, and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. He rejoined United this summer for a record-breaking deal, eclipsing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as the world’s most expensive player.
Pogba stated: “You see a big coach like him, who has done a lot and has won everything, and when he comes here, takes the players and wants to go back to winning.
“I played four years in Italy, if he’d come two years after I’d left (United in 2012), maybe I wouldn’t have come, I would have stayed at Juve. I think it was the right time for him to come, and for me to come back.
“I came here and trained hard. They made me train alone because I didn’t play the first game,” he said. “They made me run, and I really like this because I’m used to this at Juve.
“Physically and mentally I feel great. The training has been good. I’ve touched the ball a lot too, I wasn’t used to this anymore. The training is perfect.”
Pogba is ready to make his second debut for United at Old Trafford, as the club play Southampton in the Premier League’s first ever official Friday Premier League fixture.
Mourinho has revealed that he doubts the midfiedler will be able to play for the entire 90 minutes due to his extended holiday, but expects him to work his way up to full fitness in the coming weeks.