Manchester City’s reserve team manager, Patrick Vieira, says the club missed a trick by failing to sign his compatriot, Paul Pogba, when they had the chance.
20-year-old Juventus midfielder Pogba is one of football’s most rapidly rising stars, and added another glittering chapter to his already impressive career by helping France overturn a deficit against Ukraine to reach the World Cup last night.
Pogba’s talent was already evident when he was a youthful reserve at Manchester United, and the Red Devils were devastated when he left for Juve in 2012.
As Pogba’s star continues to rise, many observers says that he could be destined for the same level of greatness for club and country as Vieira himself achieved.
The former Arsenal, Juventus and Manchester City midfielder agrees, and thinks it is a crying shame that City did not poach Pogba from United when he forced his way out of Old Trafford.
“Many people say that he is like I was. I think he is more offensive than me and perhaps better technically,” Vieira said of Pogba to L’Equipe.
“He is a player that I really like.
“I saw him play for Manchester United. That Manchester City did not take him when he left was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player.”