Sir Alex Ferguson made one of the biggest mistakes of his career when he allowed Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United for Juventus, according to Zinedine Zidane.
The France and Real Madrid legend believes his young compatriot has what it takes to reach the top of the game and felt he could have been the natural successor to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.
Pogba joined the Serie A champions in 2012 after his contract with the Red Devils expired and no agreement could be made over terms of a new one.
Then Manchester United manager Ferguson refused to bow to the France international's financial demands and desire for guarantees over first team football, something which Zidane believes was the wrong move.
Currently coaching at Real Madrid, the World Cup and European Championship winner revealed his view that Pogba would have helped to replace the hole left by Scholes' retirement and believes he will eventually become one of the leading midfielders in the world.
"The word 'mistake' is not something you would normally associate with Alex Ferguson's time at Manchester United. But I do think it was a mistake letting Paul Pogba leave," he told The Mirror.
"He will go on to be one of the best central midfield players in Europe and he was the natural successor to Paul Scholes, someone they could have built the team around."
Manchester United received minimal compensation after the former Le Havre youngster moved to Italy and it will feel even more sore with recent links that he is set to leave them for a fee in the region of £40million.
Zidane voicing his admiration for Pogba around the time of him being linked with a transfer is probably no coincidence, and the former Juventus man hinted at possible Real Madrid interest in him.
"He is with Juventus and doing very well but, as always, Real Madrid will be looking to add the best players in the world," he added.