Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for his failure at Manchester United, where the midfielder could not make a name for himself. Pogba claimed that despite a shortage of midfielders, he was still not given a chance to play, he explained that he finally decided to leave United when Sir Alex Ferguson forced Paul Scholes out of retirement instead of letting Pogba play.
‘It was all down to Ferguson,’ Pogba told The Times. ‘I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there. He obviously thought I didn’t deserve the contract I asked for and didn’t put me in the team even though he had no midfield players, it was his choice.
‘United were short of midfield players like me, but it was the manager’s decision. I couldn’t do anything about it. I was very frustrated because he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there.
‘I told him: “If I don’t play then I can’t get any experience and see how far I have to go.” I played in a few cup games but he didn’t want to give me a contract and they just let me go.’
Pogba has proved his potential at Juventus. He has scored four goals in 19 appearances this season. On the other hand, he made only seven appearances for United, and that too as a substitute.
‘When I saw Scholes come back part of me was really happy as he’s a legend, but I knew it was the end for me. The manager thought Scholes had to play, not me, and after that I had to leave.
‘Maybe Ferguson will regret it now but I don’t think about Manchester United any more. I have no regrets about leaving Manchester, none at all.’
Compiled by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)