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Rafael: What I Told Angry Pogba Before He Left Man Utd

Rafael Da Silva: What I Told Angry Paul Pogba Before He Left Manchester United

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 20, 2018 09:27 AM @KurtLaduma

Paul Pogba famously quit Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson chose Rafael da Silva in midfield over him for a game in 2011. The Brazilian has now revealed the conversation that took place between himself and the former Juventus star after that match!

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Despite being considered a hot prospect at the time, Pogba was overlooked by Ferguson for a start against Blackburn Rovers, even though the Red Devils were short on midfielders.

The former United boss decided to play Rafael in the centre of midfield, which surprised many as he was known as a defender.

Not only did it confuse many, but the decision infuriated Pogba, who, three years after the incident, admitted that that event led to his move to Juventus in 2012.

Rafael has now spoken about that day, revealing that he tried to lighten the situation with some humour.  

"After that game, Paul asked me why Id played in midfield and not him," he told ESPN.

"He wasn't happy. I joked to him that it was because I had more quality!"

Pogba went on to show great promise at Juventus, where he won eight trophies, including four Serie A titles.

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The Frenchman then returned to United in 2016 for what was then a world record transfer fee.

Do you think Pogba's move to Juve benefited him? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Zothani_Linda Joined: 05 Nov 2013
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Zothani_Linda Apr 23, 2018 04:18 AM
Racism man it's that is man. White coaches always reserve defence for african players. Before Mourinoh arrived at United there weren't a lot of black players there. Now that he is there half the team is black, the worst players there right now are the white boys. For example Jones his a cow for sure, Blind, Damien, Shaw etc. Pure cows I tell you.José will replace them with black dudes.
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Faysal Apr 20, 2018 03:46 PM
Mara cowditor
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Matt93 Apr 20, 2018 01:50 PM
I dont wanna come across as ignorant or idiotic,but I think ferguson had a deeper problem with pogba than just "his expirience" since when "expirience" is his issue.If he could play a young Class of '92... What was wrong with pogba??? Isn't he the guy who bought an 18 year old Rooney and shove him straight to the first team? Isnt he the guy who bought Welbeck to the first team? What about signing an "unknown" portuguese teenager who later became the best player in the world?Why was Paul pogba so hard to play?Cos he aint British?Or He's black?I dont know ..jus like I said i dont want to come across as short minded,but Pogba has proved himself to me.He is very gifted and with proper management he can be a top player!
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Vuma Tau Apr 20, 2018 12:46 PM
Old story moes, actually this article is useless
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Apr 20, 2018 11:23 AM
He lack expirience to play on that position
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MSANDROTIC Apr 20, 2018 09:56 AM
Yes it did
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 20, 2018 09:49 AM
Lol

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