Football

Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba.

Andrea Pirlo admits Juventus were stunned Manchester United let Paul Pogba leave

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

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.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

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.

Article continues below

“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.

AC Chievo Verona v Juventus FC - Serie A

“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.

Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Youth Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

“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.”

How much is Paul Pogba worth? Have your say in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again