Pogba: Fergie didn't show me that he wanted me

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has criticised Sir Alex Ferguson for failing to give him first team opportunities at Manchester United.

The Frenchman left the club after he defied Sir Alex Ferguson and anyone who ever followed Ferguson’s career knows that if you crossed him, you were gone.

Pogba has since moved onto much bigger things but has slammed Ferguson for the way he dealt with him during his time at Old Trafford, accusing the Scot of unnecessarily holding him back.

“He shouted. He told me: 'Where are you going? You're going to Juve in Italy, is that it? There's a lot of racism' - I told him: 'I want to play, and it's not for the fans, it's because I want to play - after that, I was never included in the squad,” Pogba told France football.

So it seems to have been a judgement call made by Ferguson and a lack of patience on the behalf of Pogba.

Ferguson spent nearly three decades as the manager of the club, yet it seems Pogba didn’t trust him enough to have a firm grasp over the best way to handle his immediate career.

It’s only natural that younger players at big clubs want to play all the time but Pogba seems to have been very naïve in the respect that he expected to be in the side ahead of some very experienced and very talented players.

“I said: 'okay, no problem'. If I'm not ready, perhaps I'll be ready elsewhere. He didn't show me enough that he wanted me in his squad,” he added.

Ask any United fan on the street at the moment whether they regret the fact that Pogba left when he did and went onto have the impact he’s had and they would probably say yes, they regret it.

However, the point is Pogba seems to have been throwing his weight around as a teenager at United, which means the writing was always on the wall as Fergie treated his youngsters in the same way he treated his experienced professionals.

Bear in mind that it’s very easy for Pogba to talk about the confrontation he had with Ferguson now that he’s moved onto another club and has been successful.

It’s very doubtful that he would be so willing to speak up and criticise the former United boss had his career not gone the way it has or if he’d been confined to the bench at Juventus.

Ferguson obviously wanted to keep him because he’s a very gifted footballer and he stressed the negative elements of Italian football to try and get him to stay at Old Trafford.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising if he now gets shunned by the few fans he did have at Old Trafford or booed every time he goes near the ball if the sides meet in a Champions League game.

What do you make of Pogba’s comments?

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