Paul Pogba was a huge admirer of Paul Scholes during his time at Old Trafford, but was too shy to approach the Manchester United midfielder - instead choosing to spy on him in an attempt to improve as a player.
According to the Sunday People, the 21-year-old modelled his game on the Red Devils legend in the early days, in the hope that it would help push him into first-team contention under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I was too shy to ask him for advice so I watched him carefully and tried to dissect everything he did," explained Pogba in a recent interview. "Then I tried to emulate his strengths.”
Of course, we all know that the former Manchester United manager's reluctance to play Pogba in his side resulted in a free transfer move to Juventus in the summer of 2012 - something that the club must now surely regret after his significant rise to prominence.
In Italy, the France international has established himself as one of the brightest young stars in all of Europe, and has even been linked with a £60 million return to the Premier League with Chelsea reportedly keen on his signature.
Jose Mourinho has been a huge admirer of the box-to-box midfielder for some time, and is believed to have been impressed by his level of performances at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Pogba was recently spotted in west London on a shopping trip to Harrods, fuelling speculation that a prospective transfer to Stamford Bridge was imminent.
The player's agent has since denied claims that the Serie 'A' star is looking to leave Juventus this summer, highlighting the fact Pogba is happy in Turin playing under the tutelage of Antonio Conte.
So, Manchester United fans are left wondering what might have been had they retained Pogba. The Frenchman could've been a ready-made replacement for Scholes when the 39-year-old finally hung up his boots last summer, leaving a void in the middle of the park that the club are still yet to properly fill.
Louis van Gaal has moved to bring in Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, but the Spaniard will arrive in England with huge pressure on his shoulders, as he looks to hit the ground running in 2014/15.
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