Manchester United are by and large famous for all the right reasons, but a certain track record continues to haunt them.
Indeed, the Red Devils are well-renowned for letting the likes of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique leave for meagre fees only to watch them blossom into world-class professionals elsewhere.
Since leaving the club for Juventus in 2012, Pogba has won four Serie A titles, whilst Pique’s eight-year Barcelona career includes six La Liga triumphs and three Champions League titles.
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Simply put, United made a big mistake in letting the pair go.
And for Pique, it would seem he holds no regrets over leaving Old Trafford in 2008 after claiming that the club’s senior players were “a**holes” towards him.
Pique told Spanish radio station Onda Cero, per Manchester Evening News: “When I was seventeen, eighteen years old and tried to jump to the first team at Manchester (United), it was much more difficult, senior players were a**holes.
“Now you make a little joke and it seems to be a crime. I remember when Gerard Deulofeu went to the first team, and he was going to sit at dinner, I removed the chair, he fell and I got a scolding.
“They did it to us every day!"
Senior players initiating and tormenting younger teammates is part and parcel of football culture, of course, but if Pique was treated with a bit more respect, perhaps he would have developed into a world-class defender at United instead of Barcelona.
Another case of what could have been, then.
The Red Devils are at least trying to right one of their wrongs by re-signing Paul Pogba for a British-record fee of £78 million.
Four years on from his departure and the France international has established himself as one of European football’s finest central midfielders.
United face competition for him, though, with Real Madrid also said to be interested.
What’s certain is it will take a mammoth bid to convince Juventus of cashing in on their prized asset.
Zinedine Zidane is also reportedly willing to offer The Old Lady Isco as a makeweight.
One way or another, Pogba looks set to be the subject of another lengthy summer transfer saga.
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