Jamie Carragher understands why Manchester United let Paul Pogba go

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Jamie Carragher has come out in support of Sir Alex Ferguson over his decision to let Paul Pogba leave Manchester United in 2012.

The France midfielder got into quite the tiff with United's former manager. Pogba claims it was to do with his lack playing time while Ferguson has stood firm on it being about the money.

Either way, Pogba has certainly had the last laugh. In the three-years since leaving Old Trafford, the 22-year-old has emerged as one of the best players in world football and is currently the hottest property on the transfer market.

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Plenty of Manchester United fans would give their left hand to have him back at the club, but Liverpool legend Carragher believes Ferguson made the right decision at the time.

"I'm certain they look back at it now and I'm sure Louis Van Gaal would love to have Paul Pogba in his squad for next season, as Man City would, Chelsea would," he told Sky Sports.

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Right decision

"All the top teams in world football would, especially in our league because he looks supremely suited to our league.

"It's difficult to question Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of bringing young players through - he was one of the masters at it.

"If he felt it was a wages problem for a young player maybe getting too big for his boots and basically wanting first-team money when he's still a reserve-team player... that's the jist of it I think.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

"But the amount of money you would have to pay now, people will say, you might as well have given him it, but those types of decisions run right through your club and affect other young players.

"So it was maybe just one of those situations that Sir Alex Ferguson gets right so many times, but this one they may look back at it with slight regret. But you have to have rules and philosophies at your club with young players."

Pogba has been linked with a return to the Premier League with United, Man City and Chelsea all apparently interested. However, it is likely they will have to pay a world-record fee to sign him from Juventus.

Not only is Pogba one of the brightest talents in the world, but he is also set to become one of the most marketable. It is likely that, in years to come, he will be worth a lot more than he is now.

Praise from Henry

Having made the risky move to Turin as a 19-year-old, Thierry Henry, who stands beside Carragher as a Sky Sports pundit, praised Pogba for taking such a risk.

"At one point, Sir Alex was playing anyone but him in his position, even guys that were not holding midfielders or offensive midfielders, even Paul Scholes came out of retirement," he said.

"So at one point you can't blame the kid, he was just like 'I don't have a future there', so he left and we saw what he did. But he's a special talent. He can do anything.


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