Paul Pogba makes second Juventus debut in pre-season win

Paul Pogba played the first half for Juventus against Mexican club Chivas
Paul Pogba played the first half for Juventus against Mexican club Chivas / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Paul Pogba made his first Juventus appearance in six years as the Serie A giants played Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara in a pre-season friendly in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Pogba has re-joined his former club on a long-term contract until 2026 after becoming a free agent when his Manchester United deal expired in June.

It marks the start of the Frenchman’s second spell in Turin following the same move he made in 2012 when he left United for Juve as a teenager amid frustration over a lack of first-team chances.

Pogba made his name with Juve, before then heading back to Manchester in what was then a world record transfer in the summer of 2016. But things eventually soured for him at United under a succession of managers and so this summer has almost been like a career reset.

Pogba started Juve’s 2-0 win over Chivas, with Gleison Bremer, Federico Gatti and Angel Di Maria all playing their first match for the club as well. Back in the number 10 shirt he previously vacated in 2016, Pogba had an early shot on goal which brought a save from goalkeeper Jose Rangel.

With Juve leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to a strike from young forward Marco Da Graca, boss Massimiliano Allegri rang the changes and sent out a whole new XI for the second 45 minutes.

The second Juve goal came 10 minutes from the end through Mattia Compagnon.

Pre-season continues for Juventus on Tuesday when they play Barcelona in Dallas, before then travelling to Los Angeles to meet Real Madrid four days later.

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