Paul Pogba: 'I left Manchester United to silence critics'

Pogba: 'I left United to silence critics'
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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba reveals that he decided to leave Manchester United after being overlooked for selection against Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he opted to leave Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson preferred Rafael da Silva to him for a match against Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Despite United's midfield being depleted through injury, Pogba could only earn a place on the bench at Ewood Park after then manager Ferguson selected right-back Rafael, and the Frenchman says that was the catalyst for him to seek a move elsewhere.

The 20-year-old told Telefoot: "I said to Ferguson: 'Play me, and I will show you if I'm ready or not'.

"Against Blackburn on December 31, 2011, I was on the bench. Ferguson puts Rafael in midfield with Park Ji-Sung. Then I gave up. I was really bummed.

"I joined Juve to silence people who have criticised me, who did not believe in me and said that I would fail."

Pogba has since established himself in Serie A, making 40 appearances at the Italian club.

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