Ex-Manchester United wonderkid can be 'Mohammed Ali of football'

Former Manchester United academy prospect Paul Pogba likened to arguably the greatest sportsman of all time.

'I float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee' - Words from the great Mohamed Ali.

A player who floated in the Manchester United youth system, before stinging them by leaving on a free transfer was now Juventus first team star Paul Pogba.

With United's midfield woes apparent - illustrated by them picking up a humiliating 0% of the vote in a recent French poll on the continent's best line-ups - it's a sting which has not yet soothed.

We bring about this comparison, because the French international has been compared to the great boxer in Italy where he plies his trade, thanks to a recent article in Tuttosport.

Pogba was the winner of the prestigious Golden Boy 2013 award handed to Europe's best player, previously won by Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, and perhaps bizarrely now looking back on it - Anderson.

Tuttosport journalist Massimo Franchi was asked to give his impression of the youngster when speaking to France Football magazine, and that's where we got to this point:

He stated: "Last December, during an interview, I asked him who he would like to meet. His response left me speechless: Muhammad Ali.

"He was only 20-years-old, but he became interested in boxing, the man, including his father talked a lot about him. For me, Pogba has the potential to be an Ali of soccer."

Manchester United have been linked with an attempt to try to bring back to powerful midfielder this summer - but given PSG's interest, it may only be a matter of time before the Red Devils receive a knockout blow on this front.


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