Pogba denies United disrespect
Pogba left United for Juve earlier this summer, with the Red
Devils boss unhappy about the manner of the young Frenchman’s
Ferguson accused Pogba of not showing the club “any respect at
all” after keeping them in the dark about his negotiations with
But the 19-year-old has defended his actions by explaining that
his chance at Old Trafford never arrived.
“I don’t know why he said that,” Pogba told L’Equipe. “A
19-year-old player who said no to Ferguson – maybe he took it
“There are things about which we failed to agree.
“I don’t regret anything. I learnt a lot there. But you have to
be part of it to understand my decision. It is a feeling I had with
“The coach trusted me, but he didn’t play me, saying I was too
young. He said ‘Your time will come’ but it didn’t come.
“Despite his 25-year career, despite the fact he was the boss,
my objective was to play. I am impatient.
“Now I want to become a regular starter and become one of the
best players in the world.
“To achieve that, there is only hard work – I learnt that
alongside the great players at Manchester United.”
First-team opportunities may be more forthcoming in Turin but
Pogba insists he has received no promises from the Bianconeri.
And with Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal ahead of him in the
pecking order, the France Under-21 international is not expecting
any favours – because he has heard promises before.
He added: “I didn’t go to Juve because I knew I would be part of
the starting line-up. I have no guarantee.
“The coach told me there are a lot of matches to play and he
wanted a substitute for Pirlo and Vidal. He didn’t tell me you will
play X number of matches.
“When I was at Manchester United, I have been told I would