But now Juventus seem the most likely destination for the 25-year-old.
Italian publication Corriere dello Sport report that Pogba wants to return and has told his former team-mates as much.
And that leaves Woodward with a bid decision to make over the next two transfer windows.
Pogba, despite his inconsistencies, would attract a huge transfer fee – possibly a new world record.
So Woodward needs to balance the opportunity of potentially doubling his money on a player who has never really fit the manager’s philosophy, with selling the club’s big asset.