Man Utd star Paul Pogba would be ‘ideal gift’ for Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, says Luca Toni

Man Utd star Paul Pogba would be ‘ideal gift’ for Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, says Luca Toni

Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba shared a dressing room for three years at Juventus (Picture: Getty)

Luca Toni expects Andrea Pirlo to start his managerial reign at Juventus by strengthening in midfield and has named Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as the ‘ideal gift’ for his former team-mate.

Maurizio Sarri was relieved of his duties in the wake of Juventus’ Champions League elimination at the hands of Lyon and Pirlo was announced as his successor, just nine days after taking over as Under-23 boss.

Pogba has long been linked with a return to Juve and Pirlo’s appointment has done little to slow down the rumour mill, considering the pair enjoyed great success in their three years together at the club.

Pogba has long been linked with a move back to Turin (Picture: Getty)

However, Pogba has hinted that he expects to be playing at Old Trafford next season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears hopeful that the Frenchman will commit his long-term future to United.

But this hasn’t stopped Toni from talking up an ambitious move to bring the World Cup-winning midfielder back to Turin.

‘Knowing Andrea, he will start building from midfield,’ he told Tuttosport.

‘The ideal gift would be Pogba. I don’t know if that’s possible, but it would certainly be the best option.

‘Andrea will not be a coach who focuses on defending and counter-attacking. He loves to dominate the ball and will want to impose that on his team.

‘I don’t know what system he will use and I don’t think it matters. Andrea is intelligent and flexible.’

Toni sees similarities between Pirlo and Guardiola (Picture: Getty)

Fabio Capello likened Pirlo to Antonio Conte following Sunday’s announcement but Toni believes his fellow countryman has more in common with Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

‘Character-wise, he’s more like Pep,’ the ex-Juventus and Italy striker added.

‘Having said that, Antonio [Conte] impressed him a lot during his three years at Juventus.

‘But in terms of group management, he was fortunate enough to be coached by the two best: [Carlo] Ancelotti and [Max] Allegri.

‘All useful experiences, but in the end, he will be himself.

‘He will be Pirlo and he will go his own way. Without pretending or copying anyone.’

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