Paul Pogba: “I have come back as a man” to United

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Paul Pogba says he’s gone from a boy to a man in the time he was away from Manchester United. Pogba moved from United to Juventus on a free in 2012, and the club accomplished #Pogback by breaking the world transfer fee record last summer to the tune of £89.3 million.

This summer the record was absolutely shattered by Neymar’s moving to Paris Saint-Germain for £200m. Now the Pogba price point pressure is off, and it’s all about getting it done on the pitch. Paul Pogba, with his added maturity, can focus on the game now.

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“Last season the first question from everyone was always all about the price tag,” Pogba told The Telegraph on Tuesday. “Now everyone is asking about the football. That tells you everything.”

“When I left I always felt like I had missed something at United because I wasn’t a first XI player. Now I’m happy to be back. I grew up a lot in Italy and I have come back as a man. I am always confident and now it is my second season. I know more about the Premier League and I adapt more with the team.”

Pogba was heavily criticized last season, and often times undeservedly so. The transfer fee had a lot to do with it. However, he was better than many give him credit for last season, and this year, he is off to a rip roaring start; as our the rest of his team. Paul Pogba scored in the 4-0 trouncing of West Ham United on Sunday, and he was one of the many heroes for the Red Devils.

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This should be the year that Paul Pogba really takes off and lives up to the heights of his potential. With Nemanja Matic behind him setting things up, and his BFF Romelu Lukaku in front of him, a deadly finisher, Pogba now has the necessary complements he needs to soar to the next level.

United could as well.

“It was an excellent start to the season but what matters is the end. We have started well but we have to carry on like this,” Pogba said about the season opener. “Matic was a key player and Romelu scored two goals so it is what we wanted and what we expect. But it is only one game.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV

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