Pogba ‘didn’t warrant a place’ when Scholes returned

Date published: Sunday 18th February 2018 12:36

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed the reason that Paul Pogba left the club back in 2012.

The former England man claims that an injury crisis forced Sir Alex Ferguson to play a makeshift midfield in one game against Blackburn, but Pogba was snubbed.

Pogba was playing in the reserves at the time, but Scholes believes he should have been given a chance due to the extent of United’s injury problems.

Speaking about his return to the United fold, Scholes said: “He [Ferguson] originally wanted me to come back to coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce.

“I said, in September I’ll come back, so I had three or four months with the family, had some nice holidays.

“I started helping Joycey and started training with him – training with the likes of Pogba, [Jesse] Lingard. They were a really good side.

“I just thought, I’m loving training, I was getting fit and felt great. It got to December-time, the team was struggling, had a load of injuries.

“They had no central midfield players, really. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio against Blackburn at Old Trafford and really struggled.

“That was the end of Pogba, I think. He thought he should have been playing that night instead of those two.

“But he was playing in the reserve team and wasn’t doing very well, so he didn’t really warrant that.

“So I went to Joycey and said: ‘I’m thinking of coming back’.

“I spoke to Gary Neville and Phil Neville and they encouraged me to see Mike Phelan, so I went to his office and I was nervous.

“I was thinking: ‘What if he says no?’ But I had made my mind up, I would have just gone and played for somebody else.

“I was coming back whatever happened. But Mick thought it was a great idea.

“A day after I knocked on Fergie’s door and he said ‘great, let’s do it straight away, let me call David Gill and we’ll sort contract out.'”



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