Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has revealed that he left Manchester United because he felt disrespected by the club and was made to train alone during his contract dispute.

The Frenchman moved on a free transfer to Juventus and has emerged as one of the best players in the league through his tenacity and intelligence on the pitch, something that could have boosted United this season.

The Red Devils are in need of a central midfielder like Pogba and have also been linked with a move back for the Frenchman, but his recent comments suggest that a route to Old Trafford will not be considered.

The midfielder left in 2012, the year before Sir Alex Ferguson's exit, and is counted among the manager's biggest failures during his 26 years at the club.

"They left me out because they said I wanted to leave. That is disrespect. They didn't think if they were making a mistake," Pogba said.

"Manchester United is a big club but you have to think about yourself.

"You have to play. The coach told me there would be space to play, but I wasn't playing.

"I was training alone for one week. They told me to go in the gym. I said 'I am not an athlete, I am a footballer'," he added.

United are currently seventh in the league, without a permanent manager, and are facing their first season without Champions League football in almost two decades. Ryan Giggs is currently in charge of the club following the unceremonious sacking of David Moyes when he failed to lift the club after Ferguson's retirement.