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Manchester United were "very disappointed" to lose Pogba

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Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has insisted that the club made midfield maestro Paul Pogba a "very good" offer to stay Old Trafford, telling a Scandinavian Supporters Club that he was left "very disappointed" to lose the French youngster.

Pogba swapped Old Trafford or Turin in 2012 after growing frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities, a decision which has since been vindicated thanks to a swift transition to life in Serie A.

United fans have openly questioned how one of the world's best young midfielders was allowed to walk away for nothing, but Gill is adamant that the Red Devils made every effort to insure the midfield powerhouse stayed put, even offering the player's agent a sizeable fee to smooth over talks.

Gill is quoted by United fan forum Red Cafe as revealing on Pogba's contract talks: "We offered him a very good wage, as well as a very generous fee for his agent.

"I don't want to go into details, because it was a complex issue. However, what I can say is that we were very disappointed.

"Whenever a player is determined to leave and his contract allows it there is nothing we can do about it.

"I can assure you that we did not hold anything back, financially."

The 21-year-old made just seven senior appearances for United despite being widely heralded as their standout academy star just three seasons ago, a reputation that has enhanced considerably with Juve.

Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte has entrusted the French international with a star role at Juve and received a rousing response to that decision, with Pogba forming a fantastic midfield partnership alongside Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal that is revered across the continent.

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