Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Man Utd 0 - 2 PSG

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 02:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Evra rues Pogba's United exit

Patrice Evra believes it was a 'huge loss' to Manchester United when Paul Pogba left Old Trafford to join Juventus.

Last Updated: 08/10/13 at 17:39 Post Comment

Paul Pogba: His exit was a huge blow to United, says Patrice Evra

Paul Pogba: His exit was a huge blow to United, says Patrice Evra

The 20-year-old midfielder joined the Serie A giants after failing to command a regular first-team place in United's line-up under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba has revealed he decided to leave United after seeing Rafael and Ji-Sung Park get the nod ahead of him in midfield for a Premier League clash with Blackburn Rovers.

Wayne Rooney had been dropped on disciplinary grounds, while Michael Carrick was forced to play in central defence, but Pogba only made the bench.

Pogba recalled the moment in an interview with French TV station TF1, saying: "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."

Evra has since revealed his regret at United's failure to keep hold of his France team-mate, with both players in the French squad for upcoming games against Australia and Finland.

Pogba joined Juventus on a four-year contract after running down his United deal - and has made eight appearances so far this season, helping the Bianconeri up to third in the Serie A standings.

He recently bagged the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Torino, and Evra admits his departure was a major blow to the defending champions.

"His [Pogba's] talent on the pitch, his aggression, his presence, is very rare," said Evra in an interview with TF1. "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].

"It was truly a huge loss when he left the club."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company