Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has labelled the exit of Paul Pogba as a ‘huge loss’ for the Premier League champions, ESPN
His fellow French international left Manchester United in 2012 to join Italian side Juventus, after the two parties failed to reach terms on a new contract, and Evra remains regretful over his departure.
“His [Pogba’s] talent on the pitch, his aggression, his presence, is very rare,” said Evra. “He very quickly earned the respect of players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
“It’s true that have you have to win over the manager too, but to have won the dressing room like he did [was impressive]. t was truly a huge loss when he left the club.”
Pogba was left frustrated at his limited first team chances during his time at the Old Trafford outfit under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Pogba recalls the defining moment in his decision to leave the Red Devils.
In a home tie against Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United were without Wayne Rooney and Darron Gibson who had both been disciplined by the club, while Michael Carrick was playing in defence due to an injury crisis. Ferguson opted to play Rafael and Ji-Sung Park in the midfield, leaving Pogba amongst the substitutes.
Pogba told French TV station TF1: “I said to Ferguson: ‘Play me, and I will show you if I’m ready or not.’ Against Blackburn, on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Ji-Sung Park. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.”
Pogba joined Juve on a four-year deal after his contract had ended, and went on to win Serie A in his first season with the Old Lady. He has also added three international caps for France to his name since joining the Italian side, managing to pick up a red card and score in those appearances.
France face an friendly with Australia on Friday before completing their World Cup qualifying campaign with a home game against Finland on Tuesday.
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