French star: Manchester United treated me like an athlete, not a footballer

Paul Pogba believes that Manchester United made a mistake by allowing him to join Juventus in 2012.

Paul Pogba has said that his former club Manchester United made a mistake by allowing him to join Juventus in 2012.

Pogba had a heavily publicised dispute over personal terms at the end of his time at United and failed to agree an extension to his contract, enabling him to move to the Italian giants.

Ever since, he has been a mainstay in Juventus’ first-team and his powerhouse displays have caught the eye of all who have watched.

Now, the French midfielder has accused his former club of showing ‘disrespect’ towards him and says that they failed to spot the error they were making by allowing him to leave Old Trafford.

Speaking to BBC World Football Focus, he said: 'They left me out because they said I wanted to leave. That is disrespect. Maybe they didn't think if they were making a mistake.

'Manchester United is a big club but you have to think about yourself. You have to play. The coach told me there would be space to play, but I wasn't playing. I was training alone for one week. They told me to go in the gym. I said: I am not an athlete, I am a footballer'.

The 21-year-old made only three appearances at United during his three-year stay at the English giants, but at Juventus he has established himself as one of the finest young talents in world football.

Pogba has played 56 times in Serie A for Juve since moving to Turin, picking up eight caps for France and scoring his first international goal in the process.

He will almost certainly be part of the impressive French squad that will travel to Brazil, where he looks set to be one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup finals.

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