Paul Pogba has revealed that he had a “very, very good impression” of Sir Alex Ferguson from his early time at Manchester United.
The 26 year old first joined United’s academy in 2009 and spent three years at the club before deciding to run out his contract to join Juventus in 2012; a move that was controversial at the time, which led Sir Alex to publicly criticize Pogba and his agent, Mino Riaola for the way in which they departed the club
“I don’t think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest. I’m quite happy that if they (footballers) carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us”
– Sir Alex Ferguson
Speaking to The Times about his first spell at the club, Pogba was surprised at how much interest Sir Alex showed in United’s youth teams.
“The first time he came to me I didn’t really understand because of his accent. I couldn’t really speak that good English. I was very shy. The boss was talking to us like his sons.
“When I was in the academy he used to come and watch some games. He was really into youth players. He made us train with the first team and stuff like that so I had a very, very good impression [of him].”
Arsenal and Lyon Interest
Pogba also revealed that two other clubs were interested in signing him in 2009, before he decided to join United’s academy.
“What I’ve heard is that Arsenal and Lyon [were interested in me]. “I was thinking about singing for Lyon because I knew they had a really good academy as well. I was young and living in France and I had some little doubts. I felt Manchester was the right decision.”