It would be easier to understand if Paul Pogba beard some resentment towards Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was Ferguson, after all, who let him leave Old Trafford in 2012. Pogba grew frustrated at the lack of first-team football afforded to him and United didn’t stand in his way when he decided to leave.
Ferguson would go on to accuse Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola, of being disrespectul to United when he signed for Juventus.
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So it all boils up to present the idea that Pogba and Ferguson don’t enjoy the friendliest of relationships.
However, in an interview with Thierry Henry, the 23-year-old not only gushed about his former boss but labelled him the “greatest manager in football”.
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Pogba on Ferguson
High praise indeed. Especially considering that Pogba includes Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri, two renowned figures in football, among his former bosses, and, of course, Jose Mourinho as his current manager.
“Big respect,” Pogba said when quizzed by Henry about Ferguson. “The greatest manager in football.”
It will be interesting to hear if Mourinho, the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ responds.
Mourinho v Ferguson
Given that we’re on the topic, it’s interesting to analyse Mourinho’s achievements in comparison to Ferguson’s. The United boss has won titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, and the Champions League with two different clubs.
That Champions League success with Porto in 2004 made Europe sit up and take notice of Mourinho, who then joined Chelsea and hasn’t looked back since.
Despite his controversial nature, Mourinho’s accomplishments, including winning the treble with Inter Milan in 2010 and going 77 home matches unbeaten with Chelsea across two spells, are to be applauded. Mourinho, 53, reckons he has roughly 15 years left in management, so there’s room for plenty more silverware.
He will do well to replicate Ferguson’s achievements, however. The Scot turned United into a dynasty, winning 13 Premier League titles in his 27 years in charge.
You’ve only to look at United’s fortunes post-Ferguson - three different managers in three years and only one top-four finish - to realise how impressive he was.
Any player would be lucky to work under Mourinho or Ferguson. Pogba, then, can count himself extra lucky to have played under both.
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