Jose Mourinho has informed Paul Pogba to concentrate on preventing for the Manchester United shirt when he makes his emotional return to Juventus on Wednesday night.
Pogba left United again in 2012 to signal for Juve, earlier than making a shock return to Old Trafford in what was a then-world file £89 million payment in 2016.
And because the France World Cup winner prepares to return to Turin for the primary time in Wednesday’s Champions League conflict, Mourinho has urged him to concentrate on his United duties, whereas accepting that, like Cristiano Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return, it will likely be an emotional second for him.
He informed MUTV: “I think about sure [it will be a big deal for Pogba], in the identical means Cristiano was skilled – he did his job, fought for his staff and gave all the pieces he needed to give.
“I can think about with Paul it is going to be the identical – a bit little bit of emotion now, I feel even firstly of the match, sure for certain.
“But then, it’s football and he’s wearing a United shirt with the United crest and he has to fight for [it].”
With group rivals Valencia and Young Boys dealing with off within the early kick-off, United can afford no additional slip-ups of their pursuit of the last-16.
A blunt United assault mustered simply two photographs on course throughout their 1-Zero defeat to Juve final month, with Mourinho hailing the Bianconeri’s defence as “beautiful”.
Max Allegri’s back-line will once more be marshalled by Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and the Portuguese coach is nicely conscious of the problem dealing with his aspect.
“It’s not easy, it’s not easy,” the ex-Real Madrid boss added. “They have the standard, the know-how, the boldness – they’ve completely all the pieces. I analyse them in many various circumstances.
“Even with one participant much less [after Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card] towards Valencia, they had been very, very comfy defensively.
“I’ve coached in Italy [at Inter Milan] and know the energy of the Italian groups and the Italian gamers in the way in which they strategy matches defensively, so it isn’t simple.
“But we’ve got proficient gamers in assault, we’ve got inventive gamers who can provide them issues too.
“I think the basic thing for us is to go from a solid situation where we don’t make many mistakes behind because when you make mistakes behind, sometimes you concede goals and other times you lose confidence.”