Paul Pogba’s impressive start to his career in Juventus is a sure demonstration of what a good player Manchester United lost.
The 19-year old starred in Juventus’ win over Bologna scoring the Old Lady’s second with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box.
It’s not a common occurrence to see a 19-year old hold his ground against Sir Alex Ferguson but the French youngster did exactly that resulting to his Old Trafford exit.
Just like his arrival at Manchester United his exit was equally an acrimonious affair.
“I don’t think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I’m quite happy [that he left],” Ferguson told MUTV after the Frenchman’s departure.
However, United were also accused giving Pogba’s parents financial inducements to lure him to Old Trafford in 2009 from Le Havre according to the club’s president.
The allegation was denied by United with the threat of legal action. “There has never ever been a case of us paying parents,” Ferguson insisted.
“We behave impeccably, what other clubs do is obviously subject to a lot of controversy and speculation, but I’m confident about our own club.”
With minutes on the pitch hard to come by, Pogba decided to turn down a new deal at Old Trafford in favour of a move to Italy.
“There were things that you didn’t hear about. I don’t regret anything at all. I learned a lot there. But you had to be on the inside to understand my decision. It was the feeling that I had with [Ferguson]. The coach had faith in me, but didn’t put me on. He said that I was too young. He said: ‘Your time will come’. It didn’t come.” Pogba told a French publication.
Pogba has already attracted comparisons to Patrick Viera and Desailly but he insists he wants to write his own name at Juventus.
“Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane are Juve’s history. I want to be the future.” He asserted.
Will Ferguson regret having let him leave…probably yes.