Paul Pogba has the chance to silence his critics this week. At least temporarily.
United’s record signing will come up against his former club in the Champions League om Tuesday evening.
In a match which will evoke memories of past battles, United host Juventus at Old Trafford.
Pogba infamously quit United for Juventus in 2012, where he became a four time Serie A champion.
So desperate to bring him back, United paid £89 million for the midfielder’s services.
Since then it has not all gone according to plan, with just a League Cup and Europa League in the trophy cabinet.
This year United appear to be out of the title race already barring a dramatic turnaround after a poor start to the season.
Pogba has inevitably drawn criticism for inconsistent performances and against Chelsea at the weekend his shoddy marking was shown up.
In his last game at Old Trafford, Pogba was magnificent as he inspired a 3-2 win over Newcastle.
The sniping still came. It was ‘just Newcastle’ claimed his detractors.
Well the stage is set for Pogba this week, facing an in form Juventus side in Europe’s biggest club competition.
After a drab home draw against Valencia last time out, United need a win.
Pogba is going to be crucial to achieving it. A big performance is needed.
If he can inspire a victory, it will be a statement performance which overshadows his more disappointing games.