Manchester United: Did Club Made 'Massive Error' In Letting Paul Pogba Leave?

France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba
France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in Paris, July 11. Pogba is a transfer target for Manchester United. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the club made a huge mistake in letting prize transfer target Paul Pogba leave the club.

Pogba grew frustrated with a perceived lack of opportunities in the United first team under Sir Alex Ferguson and left for Juventus of Serie A in 2012.

There, he has blossomed into one of the world's best midfielders, though his displays for France at UEFA Euro 2016 were inconsistent. It has been widely reported that Jose Mourinho, United's new manager, is interested in purchasing Pogba back for a fee that could rise up above £100 million ($129.9 million), which would eclipse the world record fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.

And Ferdinand says the decision to allow Pogba to ply his trade in Italy is one United will come to regret.

"His star quality was undoubted. There was not one person in that changing room who wasn't sure. Everyone in that changing room knew that him leaving was a huge, huge error," the 37-year-old said in his role as a pundit on BBC One during Sunday evening's Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.

Pogba ended the night as a runner-up, as Portugal surprisingly defeated France with an extra-time goal from striker Eder to win its first ever major international tournament.