For Manchester United, Paul Pogba will always be ‘the one that got away’.
Having failed to convince then Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson that he is ready for regular first-team football, the youngster left for Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2012.
In his two years in Turin, the France international midfielder has established himself as one of the best young players in the world, and on Sunday, the 21-year-old was adjudged as the best young player at the 2014 World Cup.
Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer (although his agent Mino Raiola has played down these reports) and is rated at £60 million, was a key figure in France’s march to the quarter-finals of the tournament in Brazil, as demonstrated by his stats below:
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Depay’s displays for the Oranje in their progress to the semi-finals were widely lauded, and have reportedly attracted the interest of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 20-year-old PSV winger was a revelation of sorts in Brazil and his performances were very mature.
Varane also exhibited maturity beyond his years as he marshalled France’s defence admirably. The Real Madrid centre-back, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, is rated as one of the best young defenders in the world.
Football fans all over the world had their say on the decision to name Pogba as the tournament’s best young player ahead of Depay and Varane on social networking site Twitter, and below is a selection of their tweets.