Pirlo: Manchester United need Pogba

The young midfielder left Old Trafford for Turin on a free when his contract expired in 2012 and his elder team-mate believes he can now go on to become the best in Europe

Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo believes Manchester United need Paul Pogba in their midfield and sais baffled as to why they let him leave in 2012.

Pogba left United for Turin when his contract expired three years ago, supposedly after growing frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities, and has since blossomed into a key player for the Serie A and Coppa Italia champions.

Pirlo and Pogba will line up alongside each other in the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday and the Italian insists Old Trafford’s loss is Juve’s gain.

“If he carries on the way he is, then he will become the greatest midfield player in Europe – and at his age he could have that title for a long time,” Pirlo told The Mirror.

“I don’t understand why Manchester United let him go. If you look at their midfield now they could really use a player like him. It might have been a personal issue for Alex Ferguson, because it is clearly nothing to do with ability.

“Pogba has never really talked about the situation but, whatever the reasons he left, it has been great news for Juventus.”

The veteran midfielder also took time to praise former United midfielder Paul Scholes: “I have been so fortunate to have played with so many incredible players throughout my career, but if I could pick one that I never got the chance to play with, it would be Paul Scholes.

“One of the all-time greats. A genius on the field, but private – no circus around him off it. I have a lot of respect for him.”

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