Alex Ferguson accuses Paul Pogba of showing no respect to Manchester United as he leaves for Juventus
PAUL Pogba has completed a move to Juventus with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisting he was relieved to see the back of the Frenchman.
Pogba fell out with Manchester United during new contract talks last season and refused to sign a new deal, deciding to move to Italy rather than continue his education at Old Trafford.
That move was finalised on Tuesday and Ferguson could not resist firing a parting shot at the midfielder who claimed he had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities under him.
“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware,” Ferguson told MUTV. “It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.”
Despite Ferguson’s displeasure at the way Pogba and his advisers acted, his departure is a blow for the Scot, who had expected him to go on to become a key member of the first team squad for years.
The 19 year-old made his first-team debut as a substitute against Stoke in January and Ferguson had hoped his greater involvement in the senior side would persuade him to stay at the club, although he leaves having made a total of just seven appearances.
The former Le Havre prospect, who only moved to England in 2009, has signed a deal that will earn him around £20,000-a-week at Juventus.
Pogba is the second highly-rated young player to leave the club this year after the prodigiously talented but controversial Ravel Morrison was allowed to join West Ham in January.
The future of a third, Ezekiel Fryers, is unclear.
He has also been offered a new contract but has yet to inform United of his decision.
"We haven't heard anything from Zeki Fryers," added Ferguson.
"I don't know what's happening there but he's not been in touch with the club. His agent hasn't been in touch with the club and I can only assume he'll be back for training."