United blind to let Pogba leave

Paul-Pogba-Juventus_2859851Juventus goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that neither he nor his teammates can understand how Manchester United allowed a talent such as Paul Pogba to leave on a free transfer and claimed that United were blind to part ways with the Frenchman.

Pogba arrived in Turin in 2012 and despite being only 19 at the time, he quickly developed into a crucial figure for Juventus, ousting Claudio Marchisio – ironically, another midfielder on United’s radar – from the starting XI and becoming one of Europe’s best midfielders.

“He’s one of those players who leaves you with your mouth wide open,” Buffon told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We all asked ourselves, after seeing him train with us for the third or the fourth time, when he was still unknown, whether the people in Manchester couldn’t see very well.”

Pogba’s performances for Juventus and France – the 20-year-old led France to to victory in the FIFA under-20 World Cup last summer, before breaking in the senior side – make painful viewing for United, given the Frenchman was let go for free, after he complained about a lack of opportunities at Old Trafford.

United have recently been linked with a surprise move for their former player, who’s also attracted strong interest from PSG, while David Moyes was in Cagliari on Sunday to scout Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, two players that have also been linked with a surprise switch to Old Trafford, despite being key components in the Juventus’ machine.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, however, believes Moyes would be better off looking elsewhere for midfielders, as neither Vidal nor Pogba or Marchisio look set to leave the Old Lady anytime soon.

“I can see that everybody wants to stay here and sign new contracts,” said the Juventus defender. “Pogba knows how important he is for us. He’s got clubs lining up for him, but he needs to keep his cool and carry on playing the way he is, in spite of the pressure.”

“Vidal has only just renewed his contract, and he is one of the strongest midfielders in the world.”

Over to you, David.




  1. By all account he was demanding big money without playing at all in the first team. He acted and demanded like a superstar when he was nothing. No matter how talented he was, that’s not the right attitude to build any team around. You aren’t getting enough opportunities? Fine, I completely understand wanting a move. Demanding lots of money as though you were a regular squad player when you haven’t even approached the first team doesn’t say ‘wants opportunities’, it says ‘ego maniac being driven by blood sucking agents’. He’s done very well in Italy, which is excellent for him, but that is not at all some sure sign that we should have paid anything to keep him. It would be no surprise to see him in a couple of years lashing out at his team, and his coach, bitching a storm about how no one respects him. He did it once, and it has nothing to do with talent or playing time. It has to do with his attitude. Players that do this always end up doing it again. They always turn on their teams. No amount of talent repairs the damage that does to a locker room. So if Juventus feel it’s a bargain to get behind him now, and build a squad around him, enjoy a few years from now when he inevitably guts your squad with money demands or forcing a trade through. But by then who knows, perhaps you’ll have another agent driven egomaniac with some talent to fill that hole. One can hope so.

    • @Ben: Ronaldo was an egomaniac. In fact, he (with the exception of balotelli) is the biggest egomaniac in football planet. But look what he did for your team. Yes, that’s right.

      (and I’m not a fan of this attitude, too … I just know, that sometimes, their big ego goes along with big results and big records… In fact, I was sure that MU was going to another CHL final, withouth Ronaldo. The Portuguese star never made it again, MU did.)

      • Ronnie was absolutely obsessed with being the best in the world. He cannot handle the idea that someone might be better than him. Is that true of Pogba? Also, Ronaldo played his way into that squad. He worked and worked, and worked, and went from unpolished to genius, all of which he did saying the right things, doing the right things, with few blips. Are you going to tell me Ronaldo was demanding the cash before he broke into the squad? I want you to compare the relationship Ronaldo had and currently has with Fergie, with Pogba and Fergie’s relationship. Can you honestly tell me, Pogba came to Sir Alex to learn and respect a may who’s greatness is without question? Or did he come ‘knowing’ everything already, ready to get his payday, his playing time, and his plane ticket out in a few years. You cannot honestly tell me Ronaldo and Pogba treated this team the same, the manager the same, or the fans the same. And it is exactly because he was class for so long, that he was a great force for and in the team, that I have so much less of a problem with how Ronaldo left (which pissed me off quite a lot at the time).

        • @Ben:
          But Ronaldo was treated as Fergie’s favourite boy.

          “After I joined, the manager asked me what number I’d like. I said 28. But Ferguson said ‘No, you’re going to have No. 7,’ and the famous shirt was an extra source of motivation. I was forced to live up to such an honour.”

          And although he wasn’t ready for EPL and he held the ball much more time than needed, he got all the time needed to develop his talents, from the first season. In fact, he played 40 games in his first season, 29 of them for the league. And all these for a child, with all his selfishness, his tricks and acrobatics which many times lead to loosing the ball. But time given, he matured into a world-class player and helped his team.

          When I see how SAF treated Ronaldo, all I can say is that he didn’t give Pogba the chances he should. I don’t know in what player Pogba will develop, but I know he is already top-class, 20years old.

          P.S.: And don’t foget how Fergie treated him when he argued with Ruud.

  2. Put simply Ferguson decided to make an example of him. He was on the verge of breaking into the first team but because he and his agent were stalling on signing a contract and demanding big money and possibly assurances about first team football Ferguson decided to hang him out to dry. I don’t think Ferguson ever fully accepted how much power resides in the players these days. And we do have an awfully bad habit of letting youngsters contracts run down just as they are on the verge of the first team and have all the bargaining power.

    But Ferguson managed it badly. Even if Pogba did have a huge ego he did have talent and Ferguson should have said: if you think you deserve a big contract then show me you deserve it on the pitch and given him some games.

  3. Can we stop with this Pogbal crap ready?!There isn’t one single club that have not let at least one player leave that they should have kept.SAF never let any player hold him or the club to ransom, no matter how good they were, and that is something i will always respect about him.That doesnt mean that the player didnt go on to achieve great things.Pogba wanted to leave, and by his on admission, always wanted to play for Juventus.It easier for him to now make United out to be the bad guy in the story, instead of admitting to his own mercenary tendencies.The days of the loyal club player are over my friends.Money talks.Mark my words,as soon as he receives a huge offer from a Bayern Munich or Real Madrid,Pogba will soon be ranting and raving about ‘how poor’ Juventus are treating him.

      • @The Philosopher: As I remember last season, SAF marginalized Rooney after he wanted to leave United. Wayne didn’t know Ferguson was leaving, therefore, in hindsight, and also taking the purchase of RVP into account, I would say that he didn’t let Rooney hold United to ransom. We are talking about a player who refuses to sign a contract extension, so we can both agree that he is still trying to hold a gun to United’s head. Why, I don’t know. Ferguson’s methods were at times, brutal, and they didn’t always work, but they kept the players in line. well, most of them anyway. Moyes would be wise to take a leaf from this book of SAF.

      • @The_Philosopher: Fergie reckoned he was worth it just as he had done previously with Keane and Rio. All three decisions were spot on at the time. On the other hand letting Pogba go was criminal.

  4. Unlike at any time in the previous 20, Fergie lost the plot with respect to squad evolution/rejuvenation in his last 3 years. We’re paying the price for it in so many positions right now – I don’t need to go through them all, but Giggs and Scholes (and Cleverely)over Pogba (or anyone else for that matter). Ferdinand and Evra not challenged with better competition; Young and Valencia as ‘replacements’ for Ronaldo. Failure to either develop (or offload) Nani & Anderson in 6 years. How many of Fergie’s purchases over the last 5-6 seasons are first choice starters today? RVP & de Gea? A poor return on 10+ transfer windows and close to 200M.

    Fergie seemed to become obsessed in the last 2-3 years solely with getting one over City in PL championship marathon – he had clearly lost sight of the bigger picture of rebuilding an exciting, balanced team capable of challenging the best in Europe – the Pogba situation being an example of Fergie’s own stubbornness coming before the needs of the club imo… too much power in one man, coupled with sentimentality/ nepotism, creating a diminished sense of objectivity with respect to the true health of the squad. A club of our size should never have allowed it to happen, but sadly, not terribly surprising in light of the shambles of a succession plan we have just witnessed for manager, coaching staff and chief exec.

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