Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has conceded that it was a "huge loss" when Paul Pogba departed Old Trafford, saying that he had already won over the Old Trafford dressing room with his skills before he left last summer.
Pogba left Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012 having failed to come to an agreement over a new deal with the club and Sir Alex Ferguson, who hit out at the French midfielder and his advisors for courting offers from elsewhere.
Since joining the Italian side, Pogba has flourished and helped them claim the Serie A title last season.
Now the dust has settled on the 20-year-old's controversial switch, Evra has revealed that he won over club legends during his time at Old Trafford, and conceded that Manchester United are a lesser side without him.
His [Pogba's] talent on the pitch – his aggression, his presence, is very rare," he told French television channel TF1.
“He very quickly earned the respect of players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes .
“It’s true that have you have to win over the manager too, but to have won the dressing room like he did [was impressive].
“It was truly a huge loss when he left the club.”
Evra's comments come after Pogba revealed the details behind his Old Trafford exit, which he says come about after he told Ferguson he would leave if he didn't get any first team action.
"I said to Ferguson: ‘Play me, and I will show you if I’m ready or not.
“Against Blackburn, on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Ji Sung Park. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.”