Paul Pogba and Antonio Conte worked together at Juventus between 2012 and 2014.
The pair could be reunited at Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is replaced by the 52-year-old Italian.
They won the 2013 and 2014 Serie A titles together before Conte left to manage the Italian national team.
With the Conte to United rumours swirling, here is a look at what the pair said about each other in the past.
What has Conte said about Pogba?
In August 2013, Conte said that Pogba had the ability to be the best midfielder in the world, as per Goal.
“Pogba is a modern player, as he is strong, fast and has stamina. “He’s also humble. His progress has been incredible. I saw he said he wanted to become the best in the world. In my view he can be the best.”
When he won the European Golden Boy four months later, Conte reiterated his confidence in Pogba, saying: “I’m happy for Paul Pogba’s Golden Boy award. He’s got all the potential to reach the very top.
“Pogba has developed in an exceptional way. Credit to him. As a club we’ve always believed in Pogba and he knows he has to keep his head down and continue to work hard.”
What has Pogba said about Conte?
In November 2013, Pogba credited Conte with helping him break into the French national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
As per Football Italia, he said: “It’s a dream for me. I am very happy and can’t wait to go to Brazil.
“I think without Juventus, I wouldn’t be here with France. Conte trusted me – he put me on the pitch and gave me time to play well.”
It is clear there is admiration on both sides and resuming that relationship at Old Trafford could influence Pogba’s decision over his future.
How did Conte use Pogba?
Conte largely employed a 3-5-2 system at Juve, with Pogba used on the left of the central midfield three.
That offered him plenty of freedom to influence matches because he had a solid foundation behind him.
In 2012/13, Pogba’s first season in Italy, the Frenchman netted five goals from 37 games across all competitions.
The following year, Pogba became more integral, playing 51 games and scoring nine goals, while laying on 16 assists.
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