Paul Scholes admits part in Paul Pogba's Manchester United departure

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed that he may have played a part in Paul Pogba's decision to quit the club back in 2012, reports the Express.

The Frenchman ran down his contract at Old Trafford and left on a free in order to join Serie A side Juventus and has since become one of Europe's hottest talents.

Pogba struggled to break into the first-team in England and had a major fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson after he was snubbed for a Capital One Cup game.

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In an interview, when asked about why he left United, Pogba admitted that when Rafael Da Silva was chosen over him to play in the centre of the midfield, he knew it was time to quit the club and restart his career elsewhere.

Juventus Career

Since then, Pogba has developed into a world-class talent and in the three years in Italy, he has won three Serie A titles and is hotly tipped for a mega-money move this summer.

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The 22-year-old was at United for three years but only managed to make three first-team appearances for them in that time. At Juve, he's also been there three years, but has made a whopping 122 appearances.

European Interest

Despite finding his feet and boosting his career in Italy, Pogba is expected to leave the Turin based club this summer with several European giants all interested in signing him. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona signing the powerhouse for a record breaking fee.

Juve are believed to be holding out for mega-money in order to sell the Frenchman, but the European giants are prepared to meet the demands due to his age and his natural ability.

Scholes Speaks

In 2012 at United, The Red Devils were trying to find their ideal Paul Scholes replacement after he had called time on his career, and Pogba thought he could be the man to fill that void.

However, the England midfielder was asked to come out of retirement by Sir Alex and he decided to return to first-team football.

Speaking to the Independent, Scholes has admitted that his decision to come out of retirement could have been the final nail in Pogba's coffin at Old Trafford and he admitted that the club were desperate to keep hold of him.

He explained: "Given the choice, and on the right terms, United would rather have kept him than not.

"Would it have been different if I had not come back for that last 18 months? I think my return to the team, and the game time Paul got, was a small part of it.

"From United's point of view, it is always difficult to tell just when a young footballer is going to mature into a first-class professional ready to play at the highest level, but the story of how Pogba slipped away from United has more than one strand to it."

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