Paul Pogba believes Sir Alex Ferguson will succeed in the modern day game

Paul Pogba believes Sir Alex Ferguson will succeed in the modern era – but only if he has a similar group of players and coaching staff to those at Man United… as the midfielder hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘incredible’ discipline

  • Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson
  • The French midfielder has supported Ferguson to succeed in the modern era game
  • However, he felt Ferguson would need a squad similar to that of his United side
  • Pogba also praised former Red Devils striker Cristiano Ronaldo and his behaviour

Paul Pogba believes legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will succeed in the modern era – but only if he has a similar group of players and staff that he had during his time at Old Trafford.

Pogba fell out badly with Ferguson during his first spell with United which led to the French midfielder leaving the club on a free at the end of his contract to join Juventus in 2012.

He was frustrated by the lack of playing time with the Red Devils, while there was also a bitter confrontation between his agent, Mino Raiola, and Ferguson.

Paul Pogba has supported Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed in the modern-day game – but only if he has a similar group of players and coaching staff to those during his stellar spell with Man United.

Following Pogba’s departure, the United boss then accused him of disrespecting the club, adding more fuel to the fire in the bad blood between the pair.

Ferguson had said in 2012: “It’s disappointing. Honestly, I don’t think he’s shown us any respect at all. I’m very happy if they do.” [footballers] As such, it is best if they do it away from us.

After four successful years with the Italian giants, Pogba returned to Old Trafford for a then world record fee of £89.3m before leaving again in the summer to join the Old Lady.

Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 after a bad falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson

Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 after a bad falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson has accused Pogba of “disrespecting” the club when he left to join Juventus.

Reflecting on his former boss, Pogba made it clear what kind of manager Ferguson was playing under.

“He wasn’t doing that, it wasn’t the coach as you see him now with Pep Guardiola talking the most,” he told Field of Stories.

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

When pressed as to whether his former opponent – who won 38 trophies during his legendary 27-year reign – would succeed in the modern game, Pogba added: ‘If he had the staff, the people and the players (as he did), yes’.

Ferguson also fell out with Pogba's then-agent Mino Raiola over a bitter contract standoff

Ferguson also fell out with Pogba’s then-agent Mino Raiola over a bitter contract standoff

The 29-year-old also spoke out for former United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club acrimoniously after his explosive and controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo is expected to join Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr side, but at the thought of playing alongside him as his teammate, Pogba was full of praise for the 37-year-old and his behaviour.

He said: “Ronaldo’s discipline was unbelievable – I’ve never seen this before.

Despite his acrimonious exit from United last month, Pogba has praised Cristiano Ronaldo's style

Despite his acrimonious exit from United last month, Pogba has praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s style

Discipline is on another level. I see professional players, a lot of players, they’re very professional and they come early, they’re all recovering and things like that.

“But someone has been there every day and doesn’t stop – that’s Cristiano.

‘every day! Some days I was like, I’m fine! But he never misses a day. His discipline to do it every day – that’s something.

United returned to action with a 2-0 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup last Wednesday, before facing Nottingham Forest on December 27 in their first Premier League game since the World Cup.

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