Paul Pogba’s future looks set to dominate the headlines once again this summer.
The much-maligned midfielder has reminded Manchester United of his immense quality in recent weeks and hit the winner against Burnley on Tuesday evening to send his side to the top of the Premier League.
Pogba ran the show against Burnley and has been on great form in recent weeksAFP
Pogba’s return to form will inevitably lead to speculation on his future, with his agent Mino Raiola making it clear he want a change of club this summer last month.
A return to Juventus has been mooted, while Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on his services.
There is a slight chance, however, that Pogba could perform a U-turn and extend his deal at United after reminding the hierarchy of his class during United’s surge up the Premier League table.
Nevertheless, as speculation mounts about his future, at talkSPORT.com reminds you of a time when another Man United player snubbed a European giant to remain at Old Trafford…
Giggs produced a masterclass off the bench to down Juventus in TurinGetty
Ryan Giggs was linked with Fabio Cannavaro and Co. at Inter in 2003 before opting to stay at his boyhood club.
Back then it was either him or teammate David Beckham on their way out that summer, with the latter eventually leaving for Real Madrid and going on to become one of the biggest stars in world football.
“At the start of every season, I thought there was a challenge,” Giggs explained.
“Whether it was defending the league, winning the league back or targeting the Champions League. There was always a challenge.
Giggs scored two goals against Juventus, which reminded United of his incredible qualityGetty
“Around 2003, the summer that David Beckham left, there was talk of me going to join Inter Milan.
“I never heard anything from them personally, but I didn’t have the greatest start to that season.
“I ended up doing okay that season, but there was serious talk of one of us going and it was either me or David.
“He ended up leaving. That was the closest I ever got to leaving Old Trafford.”
At the time, Serie A still had an enormous pull for players despite its heyday in the 1990s. Milan and Juventus contested the 2003 Champions League, while Inter reached the semis.
And Sir Alex Ferguson revealed ‘half a dozen’ Italian clubs were interested in signing Giggs at the tail end of the 2002/03 campaign, including then Roma boss Fabio Capello, who took over at Juve in 2004.
“They were all onto me,” the Scot revealed. “I remember Capello said to me one day: ‘Ryan Giggs, could he play in Italy?’
“I said he could play anywhere – so I knew he was interested.”
Juventus’ legendary no.10 Alessandro Del Piero made no secret of his admiration for Giggs.
“For me, he represents an unrivalled talent,” he said. “A footballer who goes further than the others which is something he has demonstrated in his career and above all in the way he plays.”
Giggs is one of the most decorated players of all time – and he has Sir Alex to thank for a lot of his successGetty Images – Getty
However, a sublime performance against Juventus reminded his boss – and everyone else – of his incredible quality.
Giggs produced arguably the greatest cameo display of any player in history, coming off the bench to score two goals against the Italian giants to seal United’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
After scoring an ordinary first, a moment of extraordinary quality followed to effectively put the tie to bed.
The no.11 picked the ball up on the halfway line and ran around two Juventus players before calmly slotting it past Gianluigi Buffon.
Giggs’ decision to remain in England proved to be a good one, with a remarkable TEN trophies – including five Premier League titles – added to his already illustrious collection following the 2002/03 campaign.
Pogba ran the show against Burnley on Tuesday to remind everyone he has much more to give in England.
“Solskjaer’s man-management of Pogba after the Raiola outburst has been an absolute exhibition in how to manage a player for the benefit of the team,” journalist Jamie Jackson told talkSPORT.
“He didn’t get in any slanging match with Raiola, Solskjaer is above that; he just thought about what was best for this team.
“Solskjaer is doing what Guardiola does, what Klopp does, ensuring there’s competition for places, because that brings the best out of players.”
It remains to be seen whether Pogba performs a U-turn and make his name as a United great like Giggs did. Only time will tell.