Paul Pogba says Sir Alex tried to talk him out of a move to Italy.
Paul Pogba has revealed how former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried to talk him out of joining Juventus last summer: “He said they were all racist.”
The France international joined the Italians on a free transfer from United and has quickly became fans’ favourite and a key part of Juve’s title-winning team.
But Pogba, 20, says Ferguson, who will step down as United boss this summer, tried to talk him out of a move to Turin by saying there was more racism in Italy.
“Ferguson shouted at me and said: ‘Where are you going? To Juve, to Italy? Do you know what there is out there? They’re all racist,’” Pogba is quoted as saying by Football Italia.
“He said the fans were not like they are in England. I replied there was racism everywhere, so I just wanted to play football so I could gain experience and improve.
“Ferguson noted ‘ok’ and then never let me play for Manchester United again.”
Pogba has made 35 appearances for the Old Lady this season, scoring five goals many of which have been stunning efforts from distance.
After arriving at Old Trafford from Le Havre in 2009, Pogba made just 3 league appearances for the Premier League champions.