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Paul Pogba: The one that got away

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In his time at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson rarely got anything wrong. He was known to not let players get the better of him and ultimately proved that no one was bigger than the club.

Two situations that Ferguson dealt with perfectly involved the selling of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo with the Scot appearing to have sold them under his circumstances.

Beckham’s move away from Old Trafford seemed to have come at the right time for the club, then shortly after this Ferguson was able to negotiate a record-breaking deal for Portuguese star Ronaldo.

There is one player however that Ferguson may regret letting leave Manchester United and that is 20-year-old French starlet Paul Pogba.

Pogba joined Manchester United from Le Havre at the age of just 16. He learnt quickly at United and showed his potential to become a top player at the club.

Despite this, he only ever made three appearances for the Red Devils senior side and this simply wasn’t good enough for the young man.

He felt he was too good to not be playing first-team football, all be it at a club as big as Manchester United. The competition for places at Old Trafford proved too much for him.

After consistently sitting either on the bench or more commonly in the reserve team, Pogba felt he was wasting away at United and just last year was able to seal a move to current Italian champions Juventus.

In his first season in Italy he played 27 league games in which he scored five goals and at times his performances were simply too good for manager Antonio Conte to leave him out of the starting line-up.

Pogba has also excelled at international level where he has been a regular member of the French youth teams and has played for the senior side twice already.

In the current U20s World Cup in Turkey, Pogba has so far captained his side to the quarter-finals. He has been the key to the success of the French team who have become very much fancied by many to win the whole competition.

Pogba has already achieved an exceptional amount in his short career and this looks certain to continue. He will become better and better wherever he plays and it has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in world football.

With United needing to add to their midfield for the upcoming season, Ferguson's failure to accept Pogba’s demands and sign a long-term contract at the club could possibly have been a better option than having to make a big-money move for a new player.

Regardless of who new boss David Moyes brings into the squad, Pogba may prove to be the one that got away.

 

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