‘Pogba can reach Zidane’s level’

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Gianluigi Buffon thinks that with a bit of “luck” Paul Pogba can reach the same heights as Zinedine Zidane and become the best player in the world at Manchester United.

Pogba spent four years at Juventus where he turned out with Buffon who has also played with Zidane.

The Frenchman impressed on his debut for the Red Devils in their 2-0 victory over Southampton on Friday and Buffon thinks Pogba – who he has seen improve a lot since 2012 – has the potential to be as good as Zidane and Michel Platini.

“With luck it is possible. The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent,” said Buffon.

“His control of the ball and the way he can swiftly change the play from defence to attack is special – and for us it hurts to lose him.

“It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past but he has many details of the games of both Platini and Zidane.”

Buffon is convinced Pogba will be a huge success in the Premier League and says he’ll miss his influence on the dressing room at Juve.

“I have no doubts that Paul will be a success in the Premier League.

“It may take some time to adapt but I’m certain he will do it, especially as he knows the club well which is important.

“The important thing is that his attitude is excellent on the pitch and in training. The thing we will miss most now he has gone is his closeness with everyone in the team.”