The 2022-23 season started quite badly for Paul Pogba who just recently moved back to Juventus after spending six seasons with Manchester United. The talented midfielder suffered an injury in a friendly match against Mexico just a couple of weeks after coming to Juventus. The player is sidelined for the foreseeable future and won’t be on the list of players for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Pogba’s physical form may deteriorate
With a heavy heart, we have to say that this trauma can have an impact on the ability of the player to reach his top form. Paul Pogba did not demonstrate something unreal during his time with Manchester United where he started his professional career. Pogba played for only two teams throughout his mature years: for MU from 2010 to 2012, for Juventus from 2012 to 2016, and MU again from 2016 to 2022.
His latest seasons with MU were underwhelming, to say the least. The player said multiple times that he was disappointed in performances himself but saw no particular way to improve outside of continuing training and playing with Manchester United. The decision to move back to Juventus was motivated by both relationships between clubs and the desire of Pogba to make a comeback with the Italian squad.
Juventus has been struggling to stay afloat financially. Receiving Pogba for free should have been a huge boost for their bottom line and the ability to achieve great results in the upcoming season. However, the injury sets these plans back. In his recent interview, Pogba said that Juventus is the team where he belongs and wants to improve. The sad thing is that he started the improvement by tearing his meniscus.
The delayed surgery seals the deal
Since surgery was delayed, the player will likely skip the upcoming World Cup or participate just partially to save his body for the professional 2022-23 season. While he may recover to make a difference for Juventus, it is unlikely that we will see his peak form until spring.