Juventus Star Pogba: No regrets over Manchester United exit

(Sporting Alert) — Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he has no regrets over his departure from Old Trafford and blames manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes for his exit.

Pogba, who was described by many as one of the brightest young players at Manchester United, left the English Premier League side in the summer and joined Serie A side Juventus.

The French midfielder has been enjoying a good run in his debut season with the Italian champions and he believes he made the right move when leaving Old Trafford.

Pogba noted that Ferguson didn’t show any confidence in him and the recall of Scholes from retirement was the last straw.

“When I saw Scholes come back part of me was really happy as he’s a legend, but I knew it was the end of me,” he told The Times.

“The manager thought Scholes had to play, not me, and after that I had to leave. Maybe Ferguson will regret it now, but I don’t think about Manchester United any more.

“I have no regrets about leaving Manchester, none at all.”

Pogba added: “I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there.

“He obviously thought I didn’t deserve the contract I asked for, and didn’t put me in the team even though he had no midfield players. It was his choice.

United were short of players like me, but it was the manager’s decision. I couldn’t do anything about it. I was frustrated because he spoke to me a few times and said I was nearly there.

“I told him ‘If I don’t play then I can’t get any experience and see how far I have to go’. I played a few cup games but he didn’t want to give me a contract and they just let me go.”

The 19-year-old, who turns 20 next month, has made 16 appearances for Juventus, starting 10 of those games and scoring four goals, including two blistering strikes against Udinese last month.

JAMES ANDERSON

James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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