Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted former player Paul Pogba for showing “a lack of respect” to the Old Trafford club.
The French teen recently left the Red Devils on a free transfer to join Serie A champions Juventus and turned down several offers from United before doing so.
Pogba’s move was a protracted one, but Ferguson was hopeful of hanging on to the talented midfielder and was not best leased when the move to Turin was confirmed – something he was not unwilling to share.
“We were disappointed in Paul Pogba, there is no question about that. He showed a lack of respect to the club,” he told reporters.
“But he has made his decision now. Although we always felt he was going, he never indicated it until he left. That was disappointing.”
United’s acquisition of Pogba was also not terribly straightforward and it required a FIFA appointed judge to settle a dispute between the Old Trafford club and the player’s former club, Le Havre.
The 19-year-old is an athletic central midfielder and was being groomed for a place in United’s first team before contract negotiations collapsed.
‘Super agent’ Mino Raiola became Pogba’s representative at some point in the recent past and United officials suggested earlier this year that this may have had something to do with Pogba’s surprise rejection of new terms.