Today instead of analyzing the MOTD on a mediocre web stream, I opted to sit back make a peanut butter sandwich and enjoy Juventus take on Udinese. With Lazio drawing earlier at Palermo 2-2, Juventus had the opportunity to go 5 points clear at the top of the Serie A table.
And they did.
With a few key starters out of the line up such as Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, Juventus was still able to blitz Francesco Guidolin’s side 4-0.
In short, it was a pretty poor game. Udinese failed to trouble Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus was below par in the final third for large portions of the match.
It ultimately took two moments of brilliance from 19-year-old Paul Pogba to separate the sides. Pogba was by far the best player on the pitch, and these two strikes determined the outcome of the match.
After watching those goals, you wouldn’t believe that Pogba is a former Manchester United player.
Well he is.
Pogba left United for Juventus over the summer to pursue 1st team football. Lets face it with a midfield of Pirlo, Marchisio and Arturo Vidal he was never going to start many games. Although he hasn’t seen much playing time this season (17 appearances in all competitions), whenever he’s called upon, Pogba has delivered.
Sir Alex Ferguson shared his insight on Pogba’s departure over the summer,
“It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.”
Playing with players of Pirlo, Marchisio and Vidal’s calibre will only see Pogba improve, and he already looks capable of starting for Juventus in this fantastic midfield.
Despite sitting in first place in the Premier League, Ferguson is in desperate need of quality midfielders. It’s fair to say Pogba can easily walk into that midfield beside Michael Carrick as a starter. Instead Ferguson has to rely on injury prone Anderson, veterans in Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher who’s sidelined for the rest of the season.
That midfield is surely capable of rolling over the large amount of inferior sides in the Premier League, but over the years it has been their downfall in Europe.
With Real Madrid to play in the round of 16, time will tell in whether Ferguson’s midfield can thrive against elite sides.
Nevertheless, a move to Turin has been successful thus far for Pogba. With world-class players, great leaders and a great coach in Antonio Conte, Pogba’s success is in his own hands.
As for Ferguson, it looks like he got it wrong again.
Like Giuseppe Rossi and Gerrard Piqué did earlier in their United careers, Pogba has slipped through the cracks and moved on to something better.
Ferguson might have trouble sleeping at night knowing that he’s lost another gem.