Rio Ferdinand must be looking at Paul Pogba like an actor playing a role in one of those Hollywood time travel movies, having left Manchester United to Juventus only four years ago and returning now like a king who traveled to far away lands.
Image: Paul Pogba (Source: Getty).
The mesmerizing Frenchman is re-writing history with his home return to a club that sold him on a free transfer to The Old Lady way back in 2012, leaving him with a mere £800,000 compensation fee.
No victory can be better than this. Pogba’s homecoming is like a sweet song better sung by Ferdinand who was the Frenchman’s teammate at Old Trafford.
The veteran defender has revealed what this young and talented midfielder told him before leaving Manchester United, after seeing less of first team action under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba reportedly told Ferdinand and other teammates that he was leaving United “to become the best player in the world”. And he not only meant what he said, he worked hard for it.
Just as they always say: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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Ferdinand said: “My biggest pressure was on the training pitch with those players and thinking they were thinking, ‘What does £30m get you? Can he win us the league?’ That’s the pressure I felt and putting pressure on myself to write myself into the club’s history through success.
“But I speak to Paul, and he’s all about football, not money. He’s about improvement and being the best.
“When he left, I said ‘Why are you leaving?’ He said, ‘I want to be the best in the world’.
“He’s on the right track. He’s not there yet.
“It’s important they sign him.”
Image shows Paul Pogba with Manchester United youth team.
Rio Ferdinand revealed that the United dressing room was left stunned when the club failed to retain Pogba, Manchester Evening News reported. Good news for every Old Trafford faithful, he’s back for good in a world record transfer previously unmatched.
“My biggest pressure wasn’t on the pitch at Old Trafford,” Ferdinand admits, implying that Manchester United have assembled quality players that should bring back the glories. But it takes two to tango.