Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t make many mistakes when he was at the helm of Manchester United, but when he did, he did them in style.
The failure to keep Paul Pogba on the books of the Red Devils looks like one that will continue to blot the record of the retired United gaffer for as long as the midfielder plays.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 7, 2016
Pogba’s departure from United was acrimonious, at best, and whether or not the Juventus star will be happy with his mother for revealing this, things between Pogz, Fergie and the club were worse than thought.
“I said: ‘What? Ferguson coming to my house! He came alone. We had got together with his brothers and we decided: he won’t re-sign. Ferguson punished him, he didn’t play him, Paul was alone. He even cried in Ferguson’s office over the way he was treated.”
For all his successes and qualities, the handling by Fergie of the Pogba situation highlights the real flaw with the fiery Scotsman. Sure, it certainly helps to be ruthless at the top but Fergie always missed the point that, like children, players don’t all respond to tough love, some need an arm round the shoulder.
Ferguson had a ‘his way or nothing’ mentality, and that’s fine; he was hugely successful with it. But you have to wonder whether United have missed out on seeing the true potential of players over the years, like that of Pogba’s, due to Fergie’s aggressive nature.
If the Scot wasn’t such a fiery character, maybe United fans would’ve got their centre-midfield partnership of Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba and Fergie would’ve managed to have left something of a legacy rather than jumping a sinking ship; a ship he made holes in.
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— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 1, 2016