French midfielder was allowed to leave Manchester United on free transfer in 2012
French midfielder Pogba was allowed to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012, joining Serie A side Juventus after his United contract expired.
He has since established himself as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, and has been linked with a return to the Premier League, possibly even to City.
But Vieira, who made his name as a tough-tackling midfielder in Arsenal’s midfield, says City should have made their move when Pogba was still at Manchester United.
Vieira, who is elite development squad manager at the Etihad Stadium, told L’Equipe: “He’s a player I really like.
“I saw him play for Manchester United and to not have signed him when he left that club was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player.
“Many tell me that (he plays like I used to). I think he is more attacking than me and perhaps more technically skilled.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s failure to keep hold of Pogba now appears a glaring error on the part of the Scot, with Pogba recently revealing that he asked to leave after being left out of the squad for a match against Blackburn Rovers.
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