Man Utd lucky to have best midfielder in world in Pogba – Butt

Date published: Tuesday 17th April 2018 7:45

Manchester United are fortunate to have Paul Pogba in their ranks and his presence at the club is a “massive feather in our caps”, according to Nicky Butt.

Pogba’s future at Old Trafford remains under the spotlight after a series of disappointing performances this season.

But having allowed Pogba to leave once – on a free transfer to Juventus back in 2012 – academy boss Butt has hinted they’d regret it again.

However, Butt reckons the Frenchman was right to leave first time around and may have ‘stagnated’ if he had stayed at the club.

“If he had stayed here and stagnated, he might never have been a footballer,” Butt told the BBC.

“There are players who go into the reserves for two or three seasons and they tread water. Pogba could have been one of those.

“When he was here, so were Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick, who weren’t exactly average players. Pogba left and became probably the best midfielder in the world at Juventus.

“We were lucky enough to get him back here but it is a massive feather in our cap that we helped him develop.”

 

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