Paul Pogba left Man United in 2012 due to a lack of opportunities.

Bryan Robson: Paul Scholes prevented Paul Pogba breaking into Manchester United team

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Manchester United will be the first to admit they screwed up by letting Paul Pogba leave the club in 2012.

The midfielder was 19-years-old and struggling for game time under Sir Alex Ferguson when United allowed him to walk out of the door for nothing.

Juventus snatched him up and United have felt the cost ever since.


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It’s impossible to say how successful United would have been had Pogba not been allowed to leave but if he had developed in the manner he did in Italy, they definitely would have had a better chance to add more trophies.

The club haven’t won a Premier League title since 2013, while last season’s FA Cup success was their first major in three years.

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Meanwhile, Pogba won four straight Serie A titles with the Old Lady, and helped Juve to the Champions League final in 2015.

Now, player and club are reunited, United forking out nearly £90 million to re-sign him. We weren’t lying when we said United have felt the cost.

Robson: This is why Pogba couldn't make the first team

United legend Bryan Robson has given his take on the Frenchman’s return, admitting Pogba has “great talent” in an interview with Sky Sports News.

But pleasantries aside, it was Robson’s comments about why United couldn’t crack the first team that caught our attention. Watch the video below.

“His agent wanted first-team football for the boy and he wasn't going to get that at that time because we had Giggsy, Scholesy at their peak still,” Robson said.

What, wait? Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were still in their peak in 2012, at the respective ages of 38 and 37? You’re talking nonsense, Bryan.

Needless to say, United fans had a laugh on Twitter at Robson's expense.



Robson: Fergie didn't want him to leave

"If you've got to go and buy someone like Paul for that type of money then that's the way it's got to be,” he added.

“I remember him quite well because at that time I had quite a bit of spare time. When Paul first got into the squad to be training with the first team, I used to go in once, twice a week and stand with Sir Alex and watch training.

"Paul was very good at that age, and I don't really think that David Gill and Sir Alex wanted him to leave because you could see the potential.

"I think he's matured by going to Juventus. It's great experience for him playing a different type of football in Italy, and last year he had an outstanding season. He has got great talent and a good temperament as well, that's what I like about him."


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