Rio Ferdinand: This is why Paul Pogba left Manchester United

Paul Pogba

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand explains why reported Chelsea target Paul Pogba left Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been praising Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba throughout the 2014 World Cup finals.

The 35-year-old defender has said on more than one occasion that, in his opinion, the France international midfielder is a better player than his Juve teammate Arturo Vidal (click here to read more).

While Pogba left United for the Bianconeri in 2012 after failing to get enough chances under then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the Chile international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.

Pogba has since established himself as arguably the best young player in the world and is currently on fire for France in Brazil, helping Les Bleus to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

  Goal AssistGoalsOntarget Scoring AttWon TackleInterception WonAccurate PassSuccessful Final Third PassesAppsMins
Paul Pogba 1 1 3 2 1 169 53 4 264

Speaking to the BBC, Ferdinand admitted that United made a mistake in letting Pogba slip through their fingers and gave his own take on why the midfielder, then 19, did not sign a new contract.

‘I think he left because he felt disrespected that he did not play in a particular game when a few players were played out of position in midfield’, said the former England international centre-back.

According to Goal.com, the match which Ferdinand is alluding to is the one between the Red Devils and Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in the Premier League on December 31, 2011.

Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, was an unused substitute during the game, which United lost 3-2.

It was also Ferguson’s 70th birthday, and the Frenchman was not pleased not to have been involved when a number of players were deployed out of positions.

When Pogba left United in the summer of 2012, Ferguson told MUTV that he had ‘signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware’, adding: ‘I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us’.

It now all adds up - Pogba being snubbed for that match, him then realising that he had no place at Old Trafford and then deciding to join Juventus...

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