Alex Ferguson Blames 'Sh*tbag' Agent For Letting A Young Paul Pogba Slip Through His Fingers

Ex-Man United manager goes on the offensive when challenged about one of his few big mistakes

Most Popular

There aren't many blemishes on Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial CV, but letting Manchester United's current midfield prince (and Esquire cover star) Paul Pogba slip through his fingers during the player's first stint at the club is certainly one of them.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

It was a mistake that led the club to fork out a world record transfer fee of £89.3m last season, because under Fergie's watch in 2012 the Frenchman left for Juventus for nothing where he became one of the most exciting young talents in the game.

Any hope Ole' Red Cheeks had mellowed in retirement and can now look back on his few errors of judgement with humility and good grace were vanquished this week when he was quizzed about 'the Pogba incident' by Springbok international Brian Mujati during a recent talk with English rugby side Sale Sharks.

Fergie's explanation? Simple.

"Paul Pogba? Let me tell you about Paul Pogba. He just had a bad agent. A s**tbag!"

It's not the first time Fergie has laid the blame at the door of Mino Raiola. A few years ago he elaborated, saying: "There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and [Raiola], Paul Pogba's agent is one of them.

"I distrusted him from the moment I met him. We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign. Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water."

Whether Raiola was to 'blame' for Pogba leaving Manchester United the first time or not, it's hard to argue he didn't do right by his client when you look at how the player's career panned out.

In any case, it's good to see Ferguson hasn't hung up his hairdryer quite yet. Just don't ask him about Massimo Taibi.