Man Utd star reveals why Pogba agreed to leave Old Trafford

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Paul Scholes has claimed Paul Pogba decided to quit Manchester United in 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson overlooked him for Fabio and Phil Jones.

Paul Pogba made just three Premier League appearances during his first spell at Manchester United before leaving for Juventus.

Losing the France international was a rare oversight by Sir Alex Ferguson and ended up costing the club £89million to bring him to back to Old Trafford in 2016.

Fergie has previously blamed Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola for encouraging the midfielder to ditch the Red Devils for Juve.

However, Paul Scholes has claimed the Frenchman left because of a lack of game time – an issue which reached a head when Phil Jones and Fabio were selected ahead of him in 2012.

Discussing his own unexpected return to United that year, Scholes told BT Sport: “He [Ferguson] originally wanted me to come back to coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce.

“I said in September I would 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.”

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