Former Manchester United teenager's impact compared to Del Piero

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After leaving Manchester United last summer, Paul Pogba continues to impress at Juventus.

Manchester United did not want to lose Paul Pogba last summer, but the Frenchman was swayed by the combination of money and enhanced first team opportunities to switch to Juventus.

The 19-year-old has made 27 appearances for the Bianconeri this season, with 14 of them starts, can any United fans honestly say he would have been guaranteed to feature as regularly had he stayed at United?

In any case the move appears to be working out well for him, and his impact has impressed observers so much he has been compared to Juventus club legend Alessandro Del Piero.

The comparison has been cited earlier this week by established Italian newspaper Gazetto dello Sport, Italy's famous pink-papered broadsheet.

They write: "Pogba has already scored the same amount of goals for Juve as Del Piero had when he started to establish himself as a Juventus 1st team regular.

"Pogba will celebrate his 20th birthday on March 15, which means he was only 1 year and 5 days old when Pinturicchio (Del Piero's nickname) scored a hat-trick against Parma. Ale was 19 years and 4 months old then – therefore slightly younger than the Frenchman is today.

"We can’t really compare the achievements, but the fact that Pogba has often been compared to Del Piero in terms of the impact of his performances on games, really does speak volumes for the talent of Pogba."

Another remarkable Pogba achievement is that he is the youngest midfielder in Juventus history to ever score five goals in a season. All past peers to do so before the age of 20 have been forwards.

It really does rub in what a superb debut season the Frenchman is having, his five goals would put him among Manchester United's top five goalscorers in 2012/13.

There could yet be another twist ahead. Juventus and Pogba are almost certain to progress in the Champions League on Wednesday, defending a 3-0 away lead against Celtic.

If United overcome Real Madrid a day earlier, wouldn't it be a story if the Red Devils drew Juventus in the quarterfinals and Pogba came face-to-face with the club he left.

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