Despite being labelled as one of the most promising youngsters at Manchester United, the writing has been on the wall for some time in relation to Paul Pogba. Having refusing to sign a new agreement with the Red Devils, Pogba exercised his right to leave the club and join Juventus upon the expiry of his contract this week.
There have been rumours circulating about Pogba’s future for some time now, with the Italian outfit always thought to be in prime position to capture his signature. Having seen the 19-year-old complete his move earlier this week, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that in his mind Pogba had left the club a long time ago. Speaking to MUTV he said, “Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware. 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.”
It’s understood that the main reason behind Pogba’s departure is a lack of first team football, with the Frenchman limited to just seven appearances after joining from Le Havre in 2009. At that time, he was regarded as the “next Patrick Vieira” and even though he has tasted few competitive games, it’s thought that hopes are still high for the midfielder. Ferguson did attempt to include the player more in the second half of the season but after making his debut in January, he was never a permanent fixture.
Ferguson will now be hoping that another young prospect does not follow Pogba out of the door. Full back Ezekiel Fryers is yet to get in contact with Old Trafford officials and with the 19-year-old now out of contract, it remains to be seen where his future lies.