Manchester United academy boss Nicky Butt believes Paul Pogba is a “massive feather in our cap”.
The Frenchman was allowed to leave for nothing in 2012 but returned in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89m.
It is widely regarded as a massive mistake by United but Butt says that the Frenchman may have ‘stagnated’ if he had stayed at the club.
“If he had stayed here and stagnated, he might never have been a footballer,” Butt tells the BBC as he insists that the United academy is “thriving massively”.
“There are players who go into the reserves for two or three seasons and they tread water. Pogba could have been one of those.
“When he was here, so were Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick, who weren’t exactly average players. Pogba left and became probably the best midfielder in the world at Juventus.
“We were lucky enough to get him back here but it is a massive feather in our cap that we helped him develop.”
The latest rumours suggest that Pogba could exit United once again this summer.