Vieira told Manchester United youngster to join Juventus

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Manchester City development chief Patrick Vieira played a key role in ensuring Paul Pogba left Manchester United for Juventus, the young midfielder has revealed.

Pogba quit Old Trafford, despite the club wanting to retain his services, having grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities afforded to him by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 19-year-old had a host of teams pursuing his signature after he revealed his intention to leave United, but opted to switch to Italy and join Serie A champions Juventus.

Pogba had always favoured a move to Turin, but says he was convinced he was making the right decision after speaking to former Arsenal captain Vieira, who spent a season with Juventus after leaving the Gunners.

"There were other teams interested in me over the summer, but I wanted to sign for Juventus," the French teenager told Sky Sport Italia. "Many French champions have played here. I spoke to Vieira and he advised me to come to Juventus."

Pogba scored his first goal for Juventus since leaving Manchester United in the weekend victory over Napoli, which ensured Juve opened up a lead of three points over the Naples club at the top of Serie A.

Pogba has made four league appearances for Juventus this season - one more than he made for Manchester United in two years at Old Trafford.

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