One club keenly interested were Barcelona, who had earlier informed Juve of their willingness to sign him, though when it came to satisfying them financially they were hard-pressed to part with the amount needed to win his signature which came as no problem for United.
"I can not see him not playing for Man United next season", the manager said before the Champions League quarter-final first leg. "Paul is looking forward to the game - he's..."
If he's to reach another this season then United will need to get past Barcelona who they square off against in the quarter-finals.
"I don't want to compare this season with other years".
"I was here from 17 to 21, I had my first experience as a professional, playing games with great names and I also had some insane times here". I lived here on my own and you learn a lot that way. "There's some fantastic attacking players on display".
Pique was briefly teammates with current United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at United and he has fond memories of the Norwegian, who has turned the English side's fortunes around since replacing Jose Mourinho in December. "I returned a totally different person".
However, almost three years on, United can feel they have still to receive sufficient bang for the bucks they paid to Juventus for Pogba in an £89 million ($116 million) transfer fee.
But regardless of what Solskjaer would like to see happen regarding Pogba's future, the comments of Zidane and the player himself would indicate that a move to Real Madrid could very well be on the cards.
They have not won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge in 2013, with rivals Manchester City lifting the trophy twice in that time.
"It's complicated to describe what you have to do to win against this team". We have done things well this season and that's why we are where we are: [11 points] clear in La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final and in the last eight in Europe.
"These are the ties we look forward to".
"There is a lot of excitement, not pressure".