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Paul Pogba left Manchester United for free as a 19-year-old in 2012 due to a lack of opportunities in the first team and trust from former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has now revealed why Sir Ferguson didn’t trust Pogba.

According to Fletcher, Pogba was not disciplined enough to play in central midfield for the reserves, never mind the first team.

“The first time I spent out with my illness I did a spell coaching the reserve team when it included (Paul) Pogba, (Jesse) Lingard, (Ravel) Morrison and we played him higher up the pitch in attacking areas,” Fletcher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show.

“We felt like he was the one who would win us game, coupled with the fact he has ill-disciplined in the middle of the park.

“It goes back to a famous game when we felt like he left off the back against Blackburn. Paul was on the bench and the boss picked Park Ji-Sung and Phil Jones in midfield.

“We didn’t think he was disciplined enough for the reserve team never mind the first team at that time.”

After watching Pogba create a moment of magic late on against Bournemouth when he looped in a cross for Marcus Rashford to convert, Fletcher is hopeful the midfielder can continue to be deployed further up the pitch under boss Jose Mourinho.

“I like to see him in the final third and creating things,” Fletcher added.

“He played for Juventus (on the left) and I spoke before about his connection with (Anthony) Martial. Pogba can easily drift out wide. He can also get in the box, he’s a big lad. I’d love to see him with a bit more freedom to express himself.”