Paul Pogba has outlined what Sir Alex Ferguson would need to be a successful manager in the modern game – which has divided supporters on social media.

Pogba was handed his Manchester United debut by Ferguson during his first spell with the club back in 2011. The future World Cup winner ended up leaving a year later after a disagreement with Ferguson.

He was frustrated with his lack of game time at Old Trafford, while agent Mino Raiola disagreed with the new contract United offered.

Pogba ended up moving to Juventus on a free transfer, which further angered Ferguson. He claimed the midfielder ‘disrespected’ United at the time, then stressed he would be better off elsewhere.

There’s no doubt Ferguson is one of the best managers of all time. But what did Pogba notice while working under him? Check out the footage below.

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The legendary Scot managed United for 26 years, winning 13 Premier League titles and transforming the Red Devils into a global powerhouse.

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In his later career, he took a step back from the coaching and left that to his assistants. Ferguson credited the ability of knowing when to freshen things up to his longevity in the game.

That’s something Pogba knew from his time at Carrington. He delved into the differences between Ferguson and modern managers during an episode of ‘The Muslim Money Guys’ podcast last year.

Pogba explained: “He wasn’t doing, it wasn’t the coach like you see now with Pep Guardiola that is more talking.

Ferguson won a whopping 28 major honours. (Image Credit: Alamy)

“No, he wasn’t like that. I think he had the staff and the players so he didn’t need to do that.”

When pressed on Ferguson’s suitability for modern football, Pogba was honest. He said: “If he has the staff and people and players (like he did), yes.”

While Pogba’s comments aren’t anything out of the blue, fans online have debated how much coaching Ferguson did in his pomp.

One person said: “Ferguson managed United from 86-13, how many times did the game move on in that time? He managed to stay on top once he got there.”

Another commented: “The game has shifted once or twice since he retired. He survived four or five shifts.”

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A third tweeted: “What Pogba said is all facts, people calling him salty have no clue.”

While someone put: “Rooney said the same thing. People need to give Pogba credit for being honest.”

Pogba during his second spell at United. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Pogba ended up moving back to United in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89 million. Despite winning the Carabao Cup and Europa League in his debut season, the 29-year-old never fully settled.

He returned to Juventus over the summer upon the expiry of his United contract. He’s yet to make his second debut for the club due to injury.

 

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