October 7 2013
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed the moment he 'gave up' on a successful career at Old Trafford.
His ommission from a Premier League fixture on New Year's Eve 2011, with the player aged just 18, has been revealed as the catalyst for his move away from the North West.
Pogba was highly-regarded as a bright prospect for the future - but the player's comments suggest a lack of patience in his bid to find a way into Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.
Speaking to Telefoot, the now 20-year-old said: "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 Ji Sung Park. 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."
Despite a brace from Dimitar Berbatov, United lost the game, which fell on Sir Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday, by three goals to two. Pogba warmed the bench throughout.
Since quitting United, the youngster has notched up 44 appearances for Juventus and has 6 goals to his name. He helped the Turin club to the Serie A title last season, and has three caps for the senior French team.