“I understand how he chose his players, not based on quality but according to agents that appealed to him”.
Ferguson also described Cantona as “the catalyst” and said that it was the Frenchman’s presence in his first year that won him the league.
Midfielder Pogba, now valued at over £70m by Juve, has since developed into one of the world’s most sought-after players with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea among the clubs chasing him.
Louis van Gaal has received the backing of Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson as the Dutchman seeks to emulate the former Old Trafford boss. “After we gave them our final offer, [Everton manager] Bill Kenwright got Rooney’s mother on the phone and she told me, ‘you are not going to steal my boy,”‘ wrote Ferguson.
Ferguson spoke about how he was keen on Guardiola, who beat him in two Champions League finals with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. “He became Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent while he was playing for Ajax, and eventually he would end up representing Pogba, who was only 18-years-old at the time“.
Alex Ferguson has criticised David Moyes for sacking Mike Phelan when he took over at Manchester United in 2013, accusing his successor of needing to prove his “manhood” by making “counter-productive” changes. “There are one or two football agents I simply do not like”, Ferguson said.
Pogba left the Old Trafford club for Juventus on a free transfer win 2012, much to then-manager Ferguson’s dismay.
Over the last couple years, Manchester United have been widely criticised for mishandling the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013.
The Scot admits he considered signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli in 2010, but was put off after speaking to a number of his Italian contacts.
‘He and I were like oil and water’.