Flashback: When Paul Pogba came to Leeds' Elland Road

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba played the first professional game of his career against Leeds United.

Regarded as one of the world's best footballers, Paul Pogba is Europe's most in demand footballer despite Juventus' desire to keep him.

Manchester City were linked by The Sun a week ago with a huge £82 million offer for the Frenchman - but did you know that he made his professional debut at Elland Road, home of Leeds United?

Pogba played his first ever senior game for Manchester United in a 3-0 win in the Carling Cup in September 2011.

Seen above tackling Mikael Forsell, Pogba came on at half-time with the Premier League side already 3-0 up thanks to goals from Michael Owen (2) and Ryan Giggs.

The Frenchman was only 18 at the time, and was joined on the bench by David de Gea and Danny Welbeck.

Leeds were hoping to inflict another memorable victory over the Red Devils and repeat their 2010 FA Cup success, but the home side never got going, and early strikes from the visitors left them with a mountain to climb.

Their side boasted fan favourites Luciano Becchio, Rob Snodgrass,and Jonny Howson, along with recently departed Aidy White. Substitute Ramon Nunez was a memorable name for all the wrong reasons.

Pogba himself is a player Manchester United fans will still struggle to understand how they let him slip through their grasp.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson spoke ahead of the Leeds game of being keen to hand Pogba his debut, but within a year he was out of the club, choosing not to renew his contract.

After his second half appearance at Elland Road, Pogba was played in the next round, but then had to wait three months until his next game. It was during that spell on the sidelines that the Frenchman is said to have become agitated and decided against staying in Manchester.

Pogba recently played in the Champions League final, and it seems equally as incomprehensible that Manchester United let him go, that a player worth £82 million was playing at Elland Road just under four years ago - and the whole of Europe is keenly watching for his next move.

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