Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United for Juventus is fantasy, says Massimiliano Allegri

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Massimiliano Allegri says it is hard to see Paul Pogba returning to Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri says it is " fantasy" to think Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will play for Juventus again.

The midfielder enjoyed four successful years at Juve after joining the club as a youngster from United in 2012.

He returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of £89m but the World Cup winner struggled under Jose Mourinho this season prompting suggestions he could re-sign for Juve.

Paul pogba celebrates with Jesse Lingard during the FA Cup win at Arsenal
Image: Pogba celebrates with Jesse Lingard during the FA Cup win at Arsenal

However, the 25-year-old France midfielder appears to have been revitalised by United's decision to bring in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager to replace Mourinho.

He has been United's standout player over the last month as they have won eight games in a row, including a 3-1 victory at Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday, leaving Allegri to accept there is little chance of Pogba making a return.

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"Oh my... you [journalists] have such fantasies," the Juventus head coach said on Saturday. "I think that a return of Pogba to Juventus is very, very unlikely.

"I will not deceive myself, I think it will be really hard to see Pogba come back."

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Speaking after the FA Cup tie, Ray Parlour told The Debate Pogba is playing like a "free spirit" under Solkskjaer.

"He's a World Cup winner, you respect him as a player, and now he is playing to his potential," said Parlour.

"I didn't see that at the start of the season. Every week it was always about Pogba and why he wasn't performing, but he looks like he is a free spirit now."

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