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Rio Ferdinand On What His Manchester United Teammates Thought Of Pogba

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 26: Paul Pogba of France in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Having let Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford for next to nothing just four years ago, Manchester United are being forced to pay heavily for their mistake, with £100 million needed to rectify their poor decision in 2012.

While many see Pogba as a great signing regardless of the fee involved, former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand has been speaking of his surprise, and that of his teammates at the time, that Pogba was allowed to leave in the first place.

Quoted in the Manchester Evening News (via the Sunday Times), Ferdinand spoke of the departure of the 23-year-old:

“He was 17, nearly 18, and before he came into the changing room I said ‘Listen, this kid. I’ve seen him play for the reserves and youths and he has something’.

“After he trained, not a player in that Manchester United first team disagreed. Everyone was sold on Paul Pogba.

“When he left United every player was saying ‘What the hell is going on?’ But he came to a decision to leave and sometimes these things happen in football.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Lewis Baker (L) and George Saville (R) of Chelsea in action against Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.on semi final first leg match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 10, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Lewis Baker (L) and George Saville (R) of Chelsea in action against Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge on April 10, 2011.

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“His self-belief in quitting United for Juventus showed his confidence in his ability – and that belief is actually a positive thing. It comes from a drive to improve himself.

“I would love him to return. United need personalities. The Premier League needs personalities. The league needs star players, charisma, and at the moment they are not in England. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is here. Yes, that’s a great start, but how long for?”

Manchester United offered Pogba £10,000-a-week to stay at the club at the time, with Sir Alex Ferguson unwilling to meet the demands of a young teenager attempting to negotiate a major contract having done little within the first team to deserve it.

In hindsight Ferguson will feel he should have done more to keep the young Frenchman. Pogba will look to prove that point to Ferguson should he return to Old Trafford.

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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