Paul Pogba explains the 'only problem' he and Alex Ferguson ever had

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Despite the hype surrounding Paul Pogba's world record return to Manchester United, fans of the Old Trafford club will always have a nagging frustration that they could have saved that £89 million if they'd just given the Frenchman a chance during his original spell at the club.

Pogba, of course, originally left the Red Devils in 2012 to join Juventus after refusing a new contract. Since then, much has been made about the sour relationship between the midfielder's agent, Mino Raiola, and then United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a factor behind his exit.

Setting the record straight

Speaking to Sky Sports today, however, Pogba has made it clear that there was never any real animosity between himself and the legendary manager. In fact, there was only ever one problem with the Scotsman during his original stint in Manchester.


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"I don't have any problems with him and I never had," the Frenchman told Thierry Henry when describing his relationship with Ferguson.

"The only problem maybe I had was I wanted to play. For him maybe it was too early, for me it was too late, and that's it."

With Sir Alex having criticised Pogba back in 2012 - claiming the youngster had disrespected United by leaving to join Juve - there has always been speculation that a fractious relationship with the iconic boss had played a part in Pogba's decision to quit the club.

As it turns out, though, the only conflict he truly had with Ferguson was about getting onto the pitch and showing what he could do.

" I respect him, I will always respect him, and I hope to see him again.

"...I left here because I wanted to play and I wanted to show the world, to show United, that I was ready to play and I was motivated to play."

At the time, few fans had a problem with the most successful manager in the club's history waving goodbye to a potentially disruptive French youngster with only a couple of appearances to his name.

Over the past four years, however, Pogba has proven that letting him go may have been one of Ferguson's biggest mistakes as United boss.

Nevertheless, with the 23-year-old back at Old Trafford and ready to make his second debut, fans will forget all about the fee they've forked out for a former player if he can start repaying it on the pitch.

Clearing the air regarding his relationship with Ferguson will also go a long way to appeasing the few sceptical United fans that remain out there.

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