Wenger: I tried to sign former United star when he was at Old Trafford

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Arsene Wenger reveals how he tried to sign former United star Paul Pogba.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday how he tried to sign former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The French international star joined the United youth academy in 2009 and immediately made a name for himself for the Under-18 team with a string of excellent performances.

The former Le Havre starlet was expected to go on to big things with the Red Devils but ultimately shocked the club by departing for Juventus in the summer of 2012 after reportedly refusing a new contract.

The controversial transfer riled then-boss Sir Alex Ferguson, though it could have been much worse for the Old Trafford outfit had Wenger managed to pull off an astonishing swoop.

Speaking to BeIN Sports France yesterday, the Gunners boss admitted to monitoring the situation but couldn’t force a transfer due to complications.

"We were interested by Pogba when he was at Manchester [United]. We tried to get him, but it was complicated. I was surprised to see Manchester let him go. We did not have the right to contact him." He said, quoted by the Mirror.

The 21-year-old star has since gone on to become one of the greatest midfielder in the world and a two-time Serie A champion with Juventus.

Ironically, while Pogba has endured huge success in Italy both United and the Gunners have been crying out for a midfielder of his ilk to bolster their respective teams.

He possesses strength, power, pace and excellent technical abilities in the middle of the park – attributes which the Premier League audience has unfortunately missed out on.

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