After spending 26 years at Manchester United, winning 38 trophies including 13 Premier League titles, it’s difficult to blame Sir Alex Ferguson for anything during his time at Old Trafford.
But there’s one thing that Ferguson did that United fans will still be a little bit annoyed with. That, of course, is failing to keep Paul Pogba at the club.
The Frenchman spent three years at the Theatre of Dreams but only made seven first-team appearances under the Scot.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Pogba was eventually allowed to join Juventus in 2012 on a free transfer where he instantly became a first-team regular, winning four consecutive Serie A titles. He has also gone on to become one of the best midfielders in world football and was named in the 2015 FIFPro World XI.
And Pogba’s mother, Yeo Moriba, has now revealed how Ferguson once reduced her son to tears as he attempted to persuade him to remain at the club.
“I said: ‘What? Ferguson coming to my house! He came alone’,” she told AFP, per Goal.com.
“We had got together with his brothers and we decided: he won’t re-sign.
“Ferguson punished him, he didn’t play him, Paul was alone. He even cried in Ferguson’s office over the way he was treated.”
Ferguson on Pogba
Following his departure, Ferguson hit out at Pogba’s attitude believing that he had agreed terms with the Old Lady long before his contract expired.
"Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we're aware,” he told MUTV.
"(It) is disappointing. I don't think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest."
He added: "I'm quite happy that if they carry on that way, they're probably better doing it away from us."
Pogba on Ferguson
However, Pogba claimed that he left solely because Ferguson refused to play him.
“It was all down to Ferguson," Pogba told The Times.
“I didn't want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn't play me, even though there were no midfielders there. He obviously thought I didn't deserve the contract I asked for and didn't put me in the team even though he had no midfield players, it was his choice.
“United were short of midfield players like me, but it was the manager's decision. I couldn't do anything about it. I was very frustrated because he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there.
“I told him: ‘If I don't play then I can't get any experience and see how far I have to go.’ I played in a few cup games but he didn't want to give me a contract and they just let me go.”
Return to United?
Either way, Pogba could still return to Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s appointment. Last week, The Sun reported that United have launched a British record bid worth £60 million.
Also, Manchester Evening News held a survey in which United fans had to vote for the player they wanted to sign this summer. The winner? Pogba.