Paul Pogba decided to leave Manchester United in 2012 when Phil Jones was selected ahead of him for a first-team match, according to Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes .
Quoted in The Sun , Scholes has spoken about the time he returned to professional football in January 2012, having earlier retired in 2011.
He was working with United’s reserve team, and in the midst of an injury crisis Scholes decided to return to help out Sir Alex Ferguson .
But, just before Scholes came out of retirement, Manchester United hosted Blackburn Rovers in a fixture that saw the Red Devils fall to a shock 3-2 defeat to the Premier League’s bottom club.
Despite the decimated state of Ferguson’s squad, Pogba was still not called up to United’s starting line-up, and had to settle for a place on the bench.
This was the exact moment the Frenchman decided to leave Old Trafford, according to Scholes.
As explained by Scholes: "He [Ferguson] originally wanted me to come back to coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce.
"I said, in September I'll come back... so I had three or four months with the family, had some nice holidays.
“I started helping Joycey and started training with him - training with the likes of Pogba, [Jesse] Lingard... they were a really good side.
"I just thought, I'm loving training, I was getting fit and felt great. It got to December-time, the team was struggling, had a load of injuries.
"They had no central midfield players, really. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio against Blackburn at Old Trafford and really struggled.
"That was the end of Pogba, I think. He thought he should have been playing that night instead of those two.
"But he was playing in the reserve team and wasn't doing very well, so he didn't really warrant that.
“So I went to Joycey and said: 'I'm thinking of coming back'.”
Pogba departed Old Trafford at the end of that season due to a lack of first-team opportunities, joining Juventus in Italy.
He made his name as one of the world’s best midfielders in Serie A, and the France international returned to Manchester United for £89m in August 2016.