Sir Alex Ferguson was not a happy man in 2012 when Paul Pogba decided to walk out on Manchester United over the club’s decision not to pay him like a first-team player.
The Frenchman made just seven appearances for United’s senior team but Ferguson believed these opportunities would be enough to persuade him to stay.
When Pogba did leave for Juventus, Ferguson told the Telegraph, “It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.”
Pogba was supposed to go on to be a star at United but wanted to be involved quicker than Ferguson would allow it. During a defeat to Blackburn Rovers on the Scot’s 70th birthday, he left Pogba on the bench in favour of fielding Rafael and Ji-Sung Park as the two central midfielders during an injury crisis.
This was the final straw for the young Frenchman, who was waiting for his opportunity to shine at Old Trafford. Unfortunately for Ferguson, he had no idea how rapid Pogba’s rise would be as soon as he left United.
Since joining Juventus, Pogba has won three Serie A titles and is about to appear in the Champions League final against Barcelona, having broken through as one of the most exciting young footballers in the world.
The Frenchman won the Best Young Player at last summer’s World Cup and has become a key member of the Italian champions’ side. He believes that the decision to move to Italy is now completely justified.
He told the Telegraph, “Yes, for sure, I am happy with how my time has gone in Turin. I don’t regret it at all. I am very happy here and I enjoy it. I am in a Champions League final with Juventus, not Manchester, so things have worked out very well for me.”
Despite his happiness, Pogba’s rise has seen him at the centre of constant speculation regarding his future with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and United themselves in a £60 million fight to secure his services.
But Pogba is focusing on the Champions League final rather than speculation over his own personal future. He continued, “Let people think what they want to think. This is a final, it is a huge final for me, and I am just focused on that.”