Paul Pogba says he was disrespected at Manchester United

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If any Manchester United supporters still cling to a faint hope that French phenom Paul Pogba will return to the club, it’s best to let that dream die. On Thursday, Pogba voiced his opinions of his former club on BBC’s Football Focus – and they weren’t positive.

The midfielder never started a match for United, and made just seven substitute appearances. Then 19, Pogba began a search for a new club, motivated by the desire for regular playing time. He states that his desire to leave Manchester United prompted punishment, with the midfielder forced to train alone for a week.

“They left me out because they said I wanted to leave,” he said. “That is disrespect. Maybe they didn’t think they were making a mistake.”

Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t believe his club were making a mistake, telling MUTV he was “quite happy” to see Pogba leave. “I don’t think he showed us any respect at all,” Ferguson added.

The former United manager may not have regretted letting Pogba join Serie A side Juventus in the summer of 2012, but many believe the club made a mistake in letting him slip away – especially on a free transfer. It’s well known that one of United’s biggest problems in recent times is their midfield; or rather, their lack thereof.

While Red Devils’ fans are bemoaning their lack of options in central midfield, Pogba is lighting up the pitch at Juve. The club are set to secure their third straight title, and the Frenchman has played a major role this season. He’s appeared in 33 of 35 league games, starting 30 times and scoring 7. He’s become a regular in the senior side for France and will surely be on the way to Brazil come June.

Daily rumors persist about big clubs like PSG and Manchester City preparing to spend ridiculous sums to bring Pogba into their squad. But one thing looks certain: he’s not going back to United.