Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed he used to tease Sir Alex Ferguson, and the rest of his coaching staff, for allowing an amazing talent like Paul Pogba to leave the club, reports the Daily Star.
The Frenchman says he begged his compatriot not to leave Old Trafford in 2012, but the 20-year-old had already made his mind up, deciding on a switch to Juventus, after being constantly overlooked by the Premier League champions.
Pogba made just seven substitute appearances for the Manchester United first-team, and took the decision to swap England for Italy, in an attempt to fulfil his potential.
"In the beginning perhaps Manchester [United] had underestimated [him] a little bit," said Evra. "I went to talk to him and spent two hours with his parents and his brothers to discuss his future, even though I'm just a player.
"I said 'Here in Manchester you will become a legend. Be patient.'
"I tried to tie him up. I even tried to put him in padlocks. But, no, he'd already made his choice."
Evra, who nicknamed Pogba 'La Pioche' - 'the pickaxe' in English - is adamant that the midfielder has what it takes to become one of the best players in the world.
He also tipped the Juventus star to be a future France captain, following an impressive 18-month spell in Turin under Antonio Conte, and provided former Red Devils boss Ferguson with constant reminders of what might have been, had Pogba been retained at Old Trafford.
"I teased them, 'Look, we let him go. Now look at him'," he added. "I'm not scared to say he will be the future captain of France."