Sir Alex Ferguson explains why Paul Pogba left Man United
The former Manchester United manager blames Paul Pogba's agent for the midfielder's Old Trafford exit in 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed Paul Pogba’s agent for the midfielder’s Manchester United exit in 2012.
The legendary Red Devils manager made few mistakes during a decorated 26-year reign, but Pogba’s departure has proven a rare error of judgement.
The 22-year-old has blossomed into a fully-fledged France international and has become a key part of perennial Serie A winners Juventus since his move.
Pogba joined the Italian side on a free transfer after he declined to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, citing a lack of playing time at the club.
However, Ferguson accused Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who also has Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli on his books, of masterminding the talented midfielder’s exit.
“There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola is one of them. I distrusted him from the moment I met him,” Ferguson wrote in his new book, Leading.
“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water.
“From then our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to integrate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”
Pogba has scored 21 times in 96 Serie A appearances for Juventus over the past three seasons.
The France midfielder has won three Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia twice and reached a Champions League final at Juventus.