Rio Ferdinand reveals last talk with Paul Pogba before Man United exit
Rio Ferdinand lifts the lid on how he tried to convince Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United back in 2012
Rio Ferdinand has revealed how he tried to convince Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United before he ended up joining Juventus in the summer of 2012.
The France midfielder finally ended the relentless speculation about his future by signing a five-year contract with United on Tuesday after opting to return to the club four years after he originally quit Old Trafford.
Pogba is now gearing up for his second spell at Manchester United and his first opportunity to work under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Ferdinand was still plying his trade at United when Pogba left the club to join Juve back in the summer of 2012.
And the former England defender has revealed how he tried to urge Pogba to stay at the Premier League club at the time.
Writing in a post on his Facebook page, Ferdinand said: “We all know that he was allowed (reluctantly) to leave for Juventus but before he went, I stopped him in the corridor at Carrington and started to tell him he is making a mistake going there, ‘the Italian league is weaker, the stadiums aren’t full…’ anything to deter him but he said the deal had been done.
“I finished by saying ‘what do you want to be, man, a top player at the best club or what?’
“Paul looked at me calmly and replied, ‘the best player in the world.’
“I walked off stunned. Not, ‘I want a chance, I need games…’ this boy was thinking way beyond that!
“There it was again, that inner confidence oozing from him.”
United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.
The Red Devils claimed their first trophy of the season on Sunday as they beat Leicester to lift the Community Shield.