Patrice Evra Says 'Very Rare' Paul Pogba a Huge Loss to Manchester United
Pogba was a huge talking point in the 2012/13 Premier League season as he departed Old Trafford for Juventus, despite being rated extremely highly.
It was believed, in part confirmed by Pogba and Ferguson, that the player and manager had a fractious relationship.
Speaking to Telefoot, via the Daily Express, Pogba said:
Against Blackburn, on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Ji Sung Park. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.
I joined Juve to silence people who have criticised me, who did not believe in me and said that I would fail.
Shortly after Pogba’s departure for Turin, Ferguson, in an interview with MUTV, accused the midfielder of showing a lack of respect:
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.
you failed his"patience test" boy..."I told SAF : 'Play me & I will show you I'm ready' Against Blackburn but he put Rafael." - Paul Pogba"— Rilwan Ibrahim CFR (@realbingila) October 8, 2013
Pogba hit back at that accusation during an interview with France Football in May, via Sky Sports.
He said: "I never disrespected Sir Alex Ferguson, if anything it is the opposite, because I said things to his face."
Pogba went a long way to silencing his detractors by slotting into the Juventus side and winning the Serie A title in his first season at the club.
It appears the powerful France international is still missed by the players at United.
Speaking to TF1, quotes takes by Goal.com’s Gill Clark, Evra said:
His talent on the pitch, his aggression, his presence, is very rare.
He very quickly earned the respect of players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
It’s true that have you have to win over the manager too, but to have won the dressing room like he did [was impressive].
It was truly a huge loss when he left the club.
It seems even with Pogba and Ferguson gone from Old Trafford, neither has been forgotten.
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