Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson angered by Paul Pogba’s Juve transfer
Sir Alex Ferguson criticises Paul Pogba after the midfielder opts to leave Manchester United and join Serie A outfit Juventus
Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised Paul Pogba’s “lack of respect” for Manchester United after the midfielder signed for Juventus.
The 19-year-old, who was rated as one of the brightest prospects at Old Trafford, failed to agree a new deal with the Red Devils and sealed a move to Italy this week.
Serie A champions Juventus were heavily linked with a move for the youngster throughout the second half of last season, and Ferguson revealed on Tuesday that Pogba had agreed a deal with Antonio Conte’s side a “long time ago”.
“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware,” Ferguson told United’s website. “It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all.
“To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away from me anyway.”
Pogba, who joined from Le Harve in 2009, made six substitute appearances for United last season and his exit comes after another much-hyped Red Devils prospect Ravel Morrison joined West Ham United in January.
Sir Alex Ferguson fact-file
• Ferguson shot to prominence at Aberdeen by breaking the big Glasgow clubs’ 14-year stranglehold on the Scottish title in 1980.
• He claimed a first European title three years later when the Dons beat Real Madrid to lift the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup – earning him the freedom of the City of Aberdeen.
• Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson at Old Trafford in November 1986, and ended United’s 26-year wait for a league title in 1993. Has since added 11 more championships − including the Red Devils’ record 19th English crown in 2010-11 − to a domestic collection which includes five FA Cups and four League Cups.
• The 70-year-old guided United to Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup glory with victory against Barcelona in 1991, though his greatest achievements are the Champions League triumphs of 1999 and 2008.
• The Red Devils also reached the Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011, losing to Barça on each occasion.