Coach hails 'ambitious' ex-Manchester United pair after double triumph

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri hailed former Manchester United duo Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba after important news arrived for both.

Back in his United days, Carlos Tevez was a regular for the Argentina national set-up and rightfully so.

His involvement at the international level would spill over into his time with rivals Manchester City – only to be cut off when Alejandro Sabella took over at the helm for the Albiceleste in 2011.

This, of course, all took place in a time when a certain Paul Pogba was fighting to make a name for himself in the ranks below the United first team.

As we now know, he would never truly get that chance to make the step up to the senior squad at Old Trafford, leaving for Juventus in the summer of 2012.

One year later Tevez would too land in Turin after leaving City behind, linking up with a then 20-year-old Pogba who had already begun taking Serie A by storm.

And Tevez followed suit with 19 goals in the Italian top flight last season as the young Frenchman continued to flourish.

But despite calls for his inclusion with Argentina for the World Cup over the summer, Sabella stuck to his guns and Tevez’s exile from the team remained enforced.

Sabella has since departed the Albiceleste helm, however, and Tata Martino has now restored Tevez to the side – more than three years on from his last appearance.

The news arrived in the Juventus camp as it was also announced that Pogba has made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, delighting Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri told Football Italia: “I think this was a very important goal for Carlos, and he’s achieved it. I am very happy for him because in addition to being a great player he’s also a very generous guy, an ambitious guy, and a guy who cares about his national team.

“As for Pogba, I think it’s good for him. He has everything needed to be a top player, so it’s up to him to do so, and become one of the best three midfielders in the world.”

Both Tevez and Pogba were players United supporters were unhappy to see leave Old Trafford, but have pressed on with their respective careers elsewhere .

For Tevez his recall to the Argentina side constitutes a revival of sorts, while Pogba’s inclusion in the Ballon d’Or discussion is a milestone in his budding career.

There seems to be plenty more to come from each of the Juventus stars even in differing stages of their careers, something that no doubt has Allegri pleased in the dugout in Turin.

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