Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson sent him to Paul Pogba's house to convince the gifted midfielder to stay at Manchester United just before he left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012.
Pogba left the Red Devils after failing to establish a first-team spot at Old Trafford and has gone on to cement his status as world football's most promising central midfielder.
United knew precisely how talented Pogba was at the time, but were keen to blood him in slowly. Too slowly, however, for the Frenchman, who ignored the pleas of Evra and Ferguson to sign a lucrative deal with the Serie A giants.
Evra reveals all
“‘La Pioche’ [Pogba's nickname] is like a son to me,” Evra told La Republica. “Sir Alex Ferguson sent me to his house to convince him to stay [at United] - he wept, he did not sleep, because he know that he could become better than Vieira, but he had decided.
“Ferguson knew that Pogba would become very strong, but also that he could not force the issue.”
Ferguson's biggest mistake?
United's failure to tie Pogba down to a long-term contract is seen by some as the biggest mistake of Ferguson's 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have been tipped to bring the France international back to the club, but would need to pay a club-record £60 million deal to re-sign the central midfielder.
Chelsea and others keen
Chelsea have also been strongly linked with Pogba, who is still yet to put pen-to-paper on a contract extension at the Juventus Stadium, and would also need to break their club-record transfer fee in order to sign the 21-year-old.
Evra and Pogba have now been reunited - in Turin - after the former completed a £1.2 million move to the Italian champions in July.
Juventus shining with Pogba and Evra
Juventus. with the two former Manchester United players in their side, have enjoyed a storming start to the 2014/15 campaign, winning all five of their opening matches without conceding a single goal.
Whether Pogba will leave Juventus within the next few years could depend on his midfield teammate Arturo Vidal, who was expected to join Manchester United this summer and remains a target ahead of the winter transfer window.
However, Pogba would be a man in high demand if Juventus decide to cash-in on the Frenchman instead.
Paris Saint-Germain have a long-standing interest in the midfielder, while Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been linked in the past.