Sir Alex Ferguson blamed Paul Pogba’s agent for his surprise departure in 2012, but the fact of the matter is Manchester United are highly regretting letting the French star walk out the door.
He was soon snapped up by Juventus and has developed into one of the finest midfielders in the world.
And it’s a decision that left Italian legend Andrea Pirlo baffled.
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The former Juve player, currently playing for New York City, has revealed that Juventus’ players realised Pogba was different class after just one training session.
And for any club interested in signing Pogba now? They’ll have to pay a world-record fee, warns the midfield maestro.
“I have played with some great young players, but Pogba was the best young player I have ever seen,” Pirlo told the Mirror.
“We saw from his first training session with Juventus that he was special. There was a disbelief among the senior players that Manchester United had allowed him to leave.
“Since then he has grown physically and as a player. For me he is now the most complete central midfield player in the world.”
World's most expensive player
Pogba has drawn interest from a number of high-profile teams including Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and Pirlo thinks Pogba could replace Gareth Bale as the world’s most expensive player.
“Of course, Juventus will want to keep him,” the World Cup winner added. “But sometimes you can get to a transfer fee that you can rebuild an entire team with and he would get to that fee.
“At his age, you can build a team around him for the next years. If he does decide to leave, then I think it will be for a world record.”
Raiola is to blame
Pogba left Old Trafford at the age of 19 after making just three first-team appearances under Ferguson.
Many have blamed the Scot for failing to see the Frenchman’s potential but according to Ferguson, Mino Raiola is the biggest culprit in United failing to keep Pogba.
“There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's agent is one of them," Ferguson said in his book ‘Leading’.
“I distrusted him from the moment I met him. He became Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent while he was playing for Ajax, and eventually he would end up representing Pogba, who was only 18-years-old at the time.
“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco.
“He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”