Flop Paul Pogba shows "no one leaves Man Utd a better player" says Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand reacted to Paul Pogba’s departure by claiming very few, if any, players have left Old Trafford as a better player than they came in.

Pogba looks set to join Juventus on a free transfer, ten years after he first departed Old Trafford to join the Italian giants as a free agent. Unfortunately, the French World Cup winner's record breaking £89million move to the red side of Manchester in 2016 did not reap the rewards that would have satisfied both club and player.

After a very promising first season which saw him lift the League Cup and the Europa League, Pogba was not able to show his best form under Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Ralf Rangnick. But Ferdinand believes he is not the only player to depart United as a better player than he originally came in as.

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“I do believe if Paul had a better team around him, a better chance, and better players, you look at that whole team and he has been the scapegoat for a lot of players,” Ferdinand said to Vibe with Five. “I don’t know any player that’s actually come in to United during these times and left a better player.

“He’s one of everyone that has kind of done what he’s done at the football club and has not met the standards that was expected of them. But I do believe that the club also, when you look at it, you also need help from the club in areas.”

Both United and Pogba will likely part ways with a slightly bitter taste in their mouth, after his relationship with the club appeared to grow strained. Former United captain Gary Neville also said so himself, particularly after the Frenchman derided the club on his documentary for offering “nothing” after he was offered two £290,000 per week contract extensions.

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Nevertheless, Ferdinand also believes United were not able to recreate the same atmosphere and structure Pogba thrives in while on international duty with France. “A telling point from him here is if you listen to him speak about the difference between France, when he’s there, and Man United,” Ferdinand added.

“He says ‘in France I feel more at home, I feel more settled, I understand what the manager wants from the team. There’s a structure, I know who I am playing with, I’ve got a relationship now {with the players} because I’ve played consistently with all of those players.’

“All of those things that he said {about} what’s so good about being with France is everything that isn’t good about Manchester United. I think that there lies a lot of the problems.”


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