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Paul Pogba's mother reveals Alex Ferguson made the midfielder cry during his time at Old Trafford

Mark Critichley

Published 08/06/2016 | 10:49

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Paul Pogba of Manchester United is challenged by Marc-Antoine Fortune of West Bromwich Albionduring the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Paul Pogba of Manchester United is challenged by Marc-Antoine Fortune of West Bromwich Albionduring the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on March 11, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Paul Pogba was reduced to tears by Sir Alex Ferguson during the midfielder’s time at Manchester United, according to his mother.

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The 23-year-old, who could be in line to return to Old Trafford this summer, made just seven first-team appearances during his three years in Manchester after signed from Le Havre in 2009.

The France international’s final season with the club in 2011/12 was tainted by a highly-publicised contract dispute and, despite starring in United’s FA Youth Cup winning side of that year, he failed to sign a new deal.

Pogba subsequently left on a free transfer to Juventus, where he has established himself as one of the continent’s leading midfielders, and his mother now claims that her son's lack of first-team football at United upset him so much that he cried.

“I said: ‘What? Ferguson coming to my house! He came alone’,” Yeo Moriba told AFP. “We had got together with his brothers and we decided: he won’t re-sign.

“Ferguson punished him, he didn’t play him, Paul was alone. He even cried in Ferguson’s office over the way he was treated.”

After Pogba’s exit, Ferguson said: "Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we're aware. Which is disappointing.

"I don't think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I'm quite happy."

In his most recent book, Leading, the Scot blamed Pogba’s departure from United on the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.

“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco,” he wrote.

"He and I were like oil and water. From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”

(© Independent News Service)

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