Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been described as a joker by his former charge Paul Pogba.

The French midfielder was speaking to the media ahead of les Bleus’ World Cup qualifiers this week when he was asked about the comparisons between Ferguson and his manager at Juventus, Antonio Conte.

Pogba dismissed the public image of the Old Trafford chief as a man who was stern and hard, revealing Ferguson has a lighter side to him when dealing with the Manchester United players.

“He's hard? No, not really. Sure, you see him on TV all serious, but he knows how to be in the dressing room... and he's generally relaxed and kind,” said the 20-year-old.

“He often also manages to joke during training, something that Conte never does, really never.

"Who do I like more? I don't know. I'm just saying that I like Conte, because he is a winner.

“He just wants to win and lets you know how to do it. I think I can improve a lot with someone like him."

The comments come in light of a number of recent comparisons between the Juventus boss and his Manchester United counterpart recently.

Conte said he would try to emulate the achievements of Ferguson with Manchester United at Juventus.

He is doing a fairly good job of it at the moment as the Bianconeri look set to claim their second successive Scudetto.

Last year they sealed the title without losing a single game and have also impressed on their return to the Champions League.

Pogba has been winning many plaudits as he plays his part in their current successes.

Ferguson can be excused for not being too happy with Pogba’s development in Serie A as he moved there from Manchester United in the summer after refusing a new contract at Old Trafford.

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