Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Juventus to sell in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.
The legendary Scottish coach, who managed Manchester United between 1986-2013, feels the Italian champions should cash-in on their prized asset while his market value remains astronomically high.
Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United when Pogba left Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 and his failure to retain the French midfielder’s services is widely regarded as one of the biggest mistakes of his 27-year tenure.
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"I would sell Pogba,” Ferguson told Tuttosport on Sunday, according to Goal. “It's true I already let him go, but if I were Juve now then I would let him go."
Pogba has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona - as well as United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City - who defeated his Juventus side in last month’s Champions League final in Berlin. It was claimed earlier this month, by Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, that the Catalan giants have already struck a deal to sign the 22-year-old.
Pogba to join Barcelona in 2016
Pogba, they claim, will spend one more season with Juventus before joining Barcelona in the summer of 2016.
Had the all-action midfielder arrived at the Camp Nou this summer he would have been unable to play for his new employers - like Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan - until January at the earliest due to the club’s existing transfer ban.
At 22, it’s imperative that Pogba is playing week-in, week-out alongside the world’s best players. Six months without first-team football - or playing with a team in an inferior league - may have had a detrimental effect on his development.
Ferguson: Juve were unlucky in Champions League final
Pogba failed to make the impact he would have hoped for in the Champions League final, but Ferguson feels Juventus were unlucky to lose 3-1 to Barcelona.
"Juve have a fantastic team, they have won four Serie A titles in a row and in my view were unlucky in the Champions League final," the retired coach added. "They were hit by Barcelona counterattacks, but before those had dominated the game."
Ferguson made a big mistake with Pogba
It seems a mere matter of time now before Pogba leaves Juventus, but Ferguson’s comments will still raise a few eyebrows.
Ferguson has never publicly admitted that he made a mistake with Pogba, who felt insulted after the Scot selected right-back Rafael and energetic winger Park Ji-Sung over him in central midfielder in a New Year’s Eve defeat to Blackburn Rovers in 2011.
That was the moment Pogba knew he had to quit Old Trafford - and for that Ferguson must take a large share of responsibility.
Three years on and Pogba is already one of the world’s best central midfielders with the potential to become the best player in the world.
Is Sir Alex Ferguson right: should Juventus cash-in on Paul Pogba? Or do you find his latest comments a little strange? Have your say in the comments below!