Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has claimed his return to Manchester United in 2012 helped push Paul Pogba out of the door.
Pogba, one of world football’s brightest stars, famously left United in the summer of 2012 for what amounted to peanuts after falling out with the club. United’s loss was Juventus’ gain and now the Italians will look to gain upwards of £70m if the 22 year old moves on this summer.
But speaking in his column for The Independent, former midfield maestro Scholes has spoke on Pogba’s departure:
“Would it have been any different if I had not come back for that last 18 months? I think my return to the team, and the game time Paul got, was a small part of it.”
Scholes went on to reveal circumstances around the lack of first team action that lead to Pogba’s departure, saying:
“When I first retired in the summer of 2011, I spent the start of the next season working with Warren Joyce, the coach of the Under-21s. Paul was in that squad and the truth is that while he obviously had bags of potential, he was not really playing well enough in that period up to Christmas 2011 to warrant a place in the first-team squad on a permanent basis, let alone start games. “
Scholes’ claims will make no difference to United fans as most if not all are appreciative of what he did for United during his career, as well as the impact of his return to the side, almost firing United to the title.
Despite rumours, we will likely not see Pogba in a United shirt again but players come and go and it won’t be the breaking of United.