Paul Pogba explains why Paul Scholes impressed him at Manchester United

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Manchester United fans still ask themselves how Sir Alex Ferguson allowed Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford four years ago.

The France international, since joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, has blossomed into arguably the world’s best young central midfielder.

Pogba left United because he wasn’t handed the first-team opportunities he craved; however, he still looks back on his time in Manchester with fondness.


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The 23-year-old has stated that he still “loves” Manchester United on a couple of occasions in recent years, although the chances of him ever returning to Old Trafford are slim.

Pogba conducted an interview with So Foot this week and revealed which United player impressed him most when he joined the Red Devils from Le Havre in 2009 - and there are no prizes for guessing which star he named.

Pogba: Scholes impressed me most

“Paul Scholes,” Pogba said, per Goal. “‘Scholsey’. His right foot. It was perfectly tuned. He could shoot ten times, and the ball would end up in the same spot ten times.”

A host of current and former Manchester United stars, including Gary Neville, have previously named Scholes as the greatest player they played with at United - despite the fact Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at the club.

Scholes was a true one-off and how United fans must wish they currently had a player of his quality in their midfield.

Paul Pogba on the Premier League

In his interview with So Foot, Pogba also revealed what surprised him about the Premier League.

“Also, of course, the physical impact, the intensity, the explosiveness, the shooting,” he added.

“They shoot a lot, they always tell you to shoot. You’re within range, you shoot. They want to score goals over there, that’s how it is.

"It’s not like Italy where the only important thing is tactics, because a team that is very tactically aware is very hard to beat: Atletico Madrid, Leicester.

“Claudio Ranieri brought his touch, I noticed it the first time I saw Leicester. In Italy, you eat tactics, you sleep tactics. In England, they want to score goals.

"In Italy, they don’t want to concede them. That’s how it is.”

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