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'Doesn't Regret Joining Manchester United,' Says Paul Pogba Ahead Of Facing Former Club Juventus

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has downplayed talks of an exit from Old Trafford anytime soon, ahead reuniting with his former employee Juventus in the UEFA Champions League group stage match.

Since returning from Russia, the World Cup winner has been a subject of intense speculation about his future and happiness at the club. However, the Frenchman insists that he doesn't regret joining the Red Devils and is happy working for manager Jose Mourinho.

The news of a rift between Pogba and Mourinho surfaced after a training ground video emerged where the two appeared to engage in a heated conversation, just days after the midfielder was stripped of his vice-captaincy duties.

The odds were stacked against the Frenchman to seek a transfer move in January, but Pogba insists he remains happy at Manchester United ahead of returning to his old stomping ground in Italy.

"Choosing to come back to United, first of all, was my choice. Juve were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa. I don't regret my choice. I know Manchester in the last few years haven't been at the top, but I came back to help the team and get them back to the top."

In reference to Mourinho's decision to take away his vice-captaincy duties: "It didn't affect me. I'm still playing and really happy to play. The manager is the one who chooses who is going to be captain.

"If he takes the armband away, it doesn't change anything for me. I just want to play, perform and give my best for the team, the fans and the club and that's it. It didn't really touch me or affect me."

And the French player insisted that he shared a very healthy ''player-coach'' relationship with Jose Mourinho. "He's the manager and I'm the player. I do what he tells me to do. I listen and do it with happiness."

The mood around Old Trafford has improved recently after a series of inspired performances and Pogba remains ambitious to challenge for trophies this season: "This season isn't over yet, so we will see at the end.''

(AFP inputs)