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Wednesday 04 July 2012

Ferguson disappointed by Pogba exit

Young French midfielder opts to leave Manchester United to join Juventus in Italy

Midfielder Paul Pogba made his League debut for Manchester United last season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his disappointment at youngster Paul Pogba's decision to join Serie A champions Juventus after coming to the end of his contract.

The 19-year-old from France made three appearances in the Barclays Premier League for United last season - all of them coming off the bench.

Ferguson was unhappy with Pogba's decision but is hopeful Ezekiel Fryers, another out-of-contract player who also made his League debut in 2011/12, will return for pre-season training.

"Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware," Ferguson told the club's MUTV channel.

"It's disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us.

"We haven't heard anything from Zeki Fryers. I don't know what's happening there but he’s not been in touch with the club. His agent hasn’t been in touch with the club and I can only assume he’ll be back for training."

Ferguson has already strengthened his squad with the additions of Japanese star Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund and talented youngster Nick Powell from Crewe this summer.

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Key Points

  • Teenage midfielder Paul Pogba leaves Man Utd to join Italian side Juventus
  • Youngster had come to end of his contract at Old Trafford
  • Manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopeful Ezekiel Fryers will return for pre-season