St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Man City

Sunday, 30 November 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 2 Bay Munich

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group E

Vieira: City made Pogba error

Patrick Vieira believes not making a move for Paul Pogba when he left Manchester United was a transfer 'mistake' by Manchester City.

Last Updated: 19/11/13 at 18:30 Post Comment

Paul Pogba: Is being linked with a return to England

Paul Pogba: Is being linked with a return to England

The French midfielder opted to leave Old Trafford in the summer of 2012, with the expiration of his contract allowing him to link up with Serie A giants Juventus.

Now 20 years of age, Pogba has taken his game to new levels in Italy - earning him widespread acclaim and senior international recognition.

A return to England is now being mooted, with City among those reported to be keen, but Vieira feels the Blues should already have the highly-rated youngster on the books.

Vieira, who is Elite Development Squad manager at the Etihad Stadium, told L'Equipe: "He's a player I really like.

"I saw him play for Manchester United and to not have signed him when he left that club was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player.

"Many tell me that (he plays like I used to). I think he is more attacking than me and perhaps more technically skilled."

Meanwhile, Vieira has revealed that he snubbed offers from afar to stick with City after announcing his retirement and work towards achieving his goal of becoming a successful coach.

He added: "When I ended my career, I didn't know which way to go.

"I spoke with Manchester City officials and they wanted me to stay. I was happy at the club.

"They proposed for me to spend two years working in each department. It was an amazing opportunity. It made my decision to stop playing easier.

"I had a few offers from France and the USA, but I was not attracted to them.

"Now I understand better how a club works. I liked the time I spent in the academy, passing knowledge on to young players. It came naturally to me. That has also given me the desire to work towards my coaching qualifications in Wales."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confident of continued success

Manager Ronald Koeman believes Southampton can thrive this term and is relishing taking on the Premier League big boys.

Europa League: Celtic manager Ronny Deila hoping for 'easiest' draw in round of 32

Manager Ronny Deila is hoping for the "easiest" Europa League draw for Celtic as he turns his focus on the Scottish Cup.

Premier League: Everton midfielder James McCarthy waits on hamstring scan results

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will give midfielder James McCarthy all the time he needs to overcome hamstring trouble.

Mail Box

Don't Write Arsenal Off Yet (For Third)

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox, which also suggests Manchester City should look to bin Manuel Pellegrini. Can he take them any further?

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property