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PICTURE: United’s misery compounded after letting midfielder slip away

by Sam Peoples

Paul Pogba won the Golden Ball trophy for the player of the tournament as France claimed the U20 World Cup over Guillermo Varela‘s Uruguay this week.

The 20-year-old captained France and spearheaded their success at the end of what has been a pretty impressive year for the midfielder after he helped Juventus secure the Serie A title with five goals in 37 appearances.

His acrimonious departure from United stemmed from a lack of first team opportunities and given his immediate impact in the past year, it is obvious he was ready for the step up to first team football.

Take his penalty in the U20 World Cup final for example as he remained the coolest player on the pitch with a cocky run-up before slotting it away.


Ferguson refused to bow down to Pogba’s wage demands given his age, a decision which was supported by fans, but given his meteoric rise in the past year, you have to question whether it was the right thing to do.

When he handed in a transfer request, Rooney played the club for a fool and got the wage demands he wanted. He exerted player power and was successful but now United find themselves in a similar situation just two years down the line. If it was something Ferguson was prepared to do with Rooney, maybe a different approach with Pogba could have solved the issue.

If Pogba had stayed at United and got his spot in the first team, would there be such an outcry for a midfield signing? Would Thiago’s choice to join Bayern Munich be so painful? Unlikely. Pogba would have been the perfect partner to Carrick and it wouldn’t of cost us a penny as he was from our academy. You can’t help but feel that Pogba may have been the one who slipped away.

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