Paul Pogba celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner against Fulham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty/AFP

When Paul Pogba was about nine or 10, a man called Sambou Tati - his youth coach at US Roissy - decided to convert him from a striker into a midfielde(...)

He was torn between his delight at playing on such a superb team with the more basic fact of missing the uncomplicatedness of life at joyously unfashionable Blackburn.

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