Pogba: I said 'NO' to Man Utd boss Ferguson - and survived!

Juventus signing Paul Pogba denies insulting Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the manner of his departure.
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Juventus signing Paul Pogba denies insulting Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the manner of his departure.

Ferguson accused Pogba of not showing the club "any respect at all" after keeping them in the dark about his negotiations with Juve.

But the 19-year-old has defended his actions by explaining that his chance at Old Trafford never arrived.

"I don't know why he said that," Pogba told L'Equipe. "A 19-year-old player who said no to Ferguson - maybe he took it badly?

"There are things about which we failed to agree.

"I don't regret anything. I learnt a lot there. But you have to be part of it to understand my decision. It is a feeling I had with the coach.

"The coach trusted me, but he didn't play me, saying I was too young. He said 'Your time will come' but it didn't come.

"Despite his 25-year career, despite the fact he was the boss, my objective was to play. I am impatient.

"Now I want to become a regular starter and become one of the best players in the world.

"To achieve that, there is only hard work - I learnt that alongside the great players at Manchester United."

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