Paul Pogba plays down Fergie fear factor

Juventus midfielder Paul PogbaFormer Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is not as fearsome as he is portrayed.

The French youngster left the Premier League club to sign for Juventus during the summer after becoming frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities.

Fergie was particularly critical of the 19-year-old’s decision to leave Old Trafford hinting that he felt he had shown a lack of loyalty.

Despite this, Pogba claims that his ex-coach was not all bad and that his terrifying image is wide of the mark:

“He is kind of relaxed and he’s a guy who likes to laugh in the dressing room.” He told Tuttosport.

“Of course you see him on TV all serious, but knows how to be in the dressing room.

However, he did concede that the Scot sometimes adopts a ferocious approach with his players:

“Well, sometimes he shouts, but it is normal for a coach to do so.

“But it was not always the case; he is more often than not relaxed.”

He went on to reveal that a desire to play first-team football was key in his decision to swap Manchester for Turin:

“This is a great club and there are many differences compared to United, are two of the most important clubs in the world and then you look like.

“The difference here is that I feel appreciated, the players believe in me, the coach believes in me, I have the opportunity to play.”

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