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Ex-Manchester United starlet slams Alex Ferguson

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Juventus star Paul Pogba has criticised former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for unleashing the infamous 'hairdryer treatment' when he told the Scot of his desire to leave Old Trafford, the midfielder told France Football.

Hailed as a player of enormous promise when he joined United from Le Havre in 2009, the France international made just three Premier League appearances, all from the substitutes' bench, before being offered the chance of more playing time in Turin.

"He shouted. He told me: 'Where are you going? You're going to Juve in Italy, is that it? There's a lot of racism'. I told him: 'It's not a problem, there's racism everywhere'," Pogba explained, recounting the troubled incident from late March 2012.

"He told me: 'The supporters aren't like in England'. I told him: 'I want to play, and it's not for the fans, it's because I want to play to improve and gain experience'. He told me 'okay', and after that, I was never included in the squad." added the Frenchman.

The youngster, who made the Juventus starting line-up on 27 occasions in his first season under Antonio Conte and helped the club to their 29th Serie A title, has blamed his ex-manager for forcing him to quit United to further his career.

"I'm impatient. Even if I was quite patient. Alex Ferguson told me: 'You're a whisker away from playing. You're a youngster from the Academy, you're not ready yet. You must be patient. Scholes was, Giggs was', but I'm not." Pogba explained.

The 20-year-old continued: "I said: 'okay, no problem'. If I'm not ready, perhaps I'll be ready elsewhere. He didn't show me enough that he wanted me in his squad. Even if he said some nice things about me, if you don't show it, it's all just hot air.

"It all depends on what you have in your head. If you want to play at Manchester just to be able to say 'I play at United', even though you're on the bench, are you happy?

"I came on a few times, I played in the cups, but I wanted to have more playing time. If I could have played in China, I would have gone to China."

Meanwhile, Pogba praised Juventus coach Conte for keeping his promise in affording him time on the pitch in order to help get the very best out of the player.

 

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