Paul Pogba has praised Paul Scholes and Sir Alex Ferguson, while discussing his time at Manchester United.
Pogba joined United from Le Havre in 2009, but left after his contract at the club expired in 2012.
Manager Ferguson had wanted to keep the Frenchman, but Pogba had grown disillusioned at Old Trafford after falling behind right-back Rafael in the central midfield pecking order.
Pogba then moved to Juventus as a teenager, before becoming one of the most highly-rated midfielders in world football.
In an interview with ESPN, the 23-year-old praised former teammate Paul Scholes, who had an indelible effect on the youngster.
“With them you train to the end, up to perfection, because Paul Scholes – despite his age – was still there at the end of practice, hitting long passes, shots,” Pogba said of training at United. “He didn’t miss one. When you’re there, you have to adapt fast. I like that – always challenges.”
On the differences between his training sessions with United and Juventus, Pogba added: “My first training session here, I lost three kilos. Here they really work physically and tactically. In England it’s more explosive, it doesn’t stop, but tactically it’s not the same as in Italy. And in Italy, training sessions are longer.”
Pogba’s mother claimed that her son had cried due to his perceived ill treatment from former manager Ferguson before leaving England, but the midfielder was quick to praise the boss.
“He’s a coach I respect a lot,” Pogba said. “But he’s a human. I’m someone who says what he thinks. Whether it’s Ferguson or [President Barack] Obama, I’ll tell him. Ferguson came to my place. We talked. It did make me think. He wanted to keep me, but I’d made my decision to leave.”