Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo is still questioning Manchester United's decision to sell Paul Pogba to Juventus in 2012Getty

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes that teammate Paul Pogba is the exact kind of midfielder Manchester United are missing in their squad and has questioned their decision to let him leave the club in 2012.

The French midfielder left Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2012 after rejecting a contract from then manager Sir Alex Ferguson following disagreement regarding the amount of playing time being offered with the first-team.

Pirlo is unsure of the circumstances, but is delighted to have a player of his calibre playing for the Italian champions.

Pogba joined the Serie A outfit and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.

He has had a successful spell in Italy winning three consecutive Serie A titles since his arrival, and could now win the Champions League as Juventus prepare to take on Barcelona in the final on 6 June.

This form from the midfielder has attracted interest from various top clubs around Europe including former employers United, and the former AC Milan midfielder believes that Pogba has what it takes to be the best midfielder in Europe in the long-term.

"If he carries on the way he is, then he will become the greatest midfield player in Europe - and at his age he could have that title for a long time," Pirlo said, as quoted by Goal.

"I don't understand why Manchester United let him go. If you look at their midfield now they could really use a player like him. It might have been a personal issue for Alex Ferguson, because it is clearly nothing to do with ability."

"He (Pogba) has never really talked about the situation, but whatever the reasons he left, it has been great news for Juventus," the Italian international added.