Paul Pogba has blamed Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to use Rafael and Park Ji Sung in central midfield in Manchester United’s 3-2 loss back in December 2011 as the reason why he had to leave.
At the time, United were in the midst of an injury crisis with Michael Carrick playing at centre back but Ferguson decided not to use Pogba, despite the 18-year-old asking to be given an opportunity.
“I said to Ferguson: ‘Play me, and I will show you if I’m ready or not’, Pogba told Telefoot.
“Against Blackburn, on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Ji Sung Park. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.
“I joined Juve to silence people who have criticised me, who did not believe in me and said that I would fail.”
To be fair to him, most fans at the time had wanted Pogba to be used in midfield instead of Rafael and Park Ji Sung but Ferguson didn’t see it that way.
Pogba has gone on to do great things at Juventus and there is no doubt that we shouldn’t have let him go but his almost incessant chat about United needs to stop.
Previously, Pogba called Scholes’ return from retirement as the moment when he knew his time was over at United but now it was Ferguson’s decision to leave him out against Blackburn. What’s next?