Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a frank assessment of Paul Pogba’s situation at Old Trafford before the midfielder’s switch to Juventus.
In his new book titled Leading, Ferguson claims that United were keen to renew Pogba’s contract at the Theatre of Dreams, but negotiations hit a snag after the Frenchman began to be represented by super agent Mino Raiola, as per Manchester United Evening News.
Pogba spent three years at Man United but the midfield powerhouse could not get a real chance at the club, despite his immense talent.
Ferguson revealed that the Red Devils were eager to activate the one-year renewal option left on the contract of the box-to-box midfielder, but this did not happen. The legendary former Red Devils manager said Raiola changed the situation of things completely.
“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco,” Ferguson said in his new book.
“He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola was able to ingratiate himself with Pogba and his family and the player signed for Juventus.”
According to reports, Man United received only £800,000 as compensation for the player who left as a free agent to the Serie A champions.
The 22-year old France international has since enjoyed immense success at Massimiliano Allegri’s side, winning the Scudetto in all of the season’s he has been there, as well as getting to the Champions League finals last season.
During the summer, Pogba was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea but Juventus held onto their man, as there was not enough time to bring in a replacement. With other European heavyweights interested in him, Pogba could well leave Turin next summer.
The French star was handed the No. 10 shirt at the beginning of the season after the departure of Carlos Tevez and so far, he has scored one goal for the Serie A champions.