MANCHESTER, England, July 4 – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has joined Italian champions Juventus in a move that has led manager Sir Alex Ferguson to blast the teenager for a lack of respect.
“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware,” Ferguson told MUTV on Tuesday.
“(It) is disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I’m quite happy that if they carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us.”
Pogba, 19, arrived at United from French club Le Havre in 2009, but has made just seven first-team appearances, all from the substitutes’ bench, with the last during a 5-0 win over Wolves last March.
Ferguson added that the future of England left-back Ezekiel Fryers remains unclear. The 19-year-old has also been offered a new contract but has yet to inform United of his decision.
“We haven’t heard anything from Zeki Fryers,” added Ferguson.
“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.”
Meanwhile United’s rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City will prepare for the new season at a training camp in Seefeld, western Austria, from July 9-20, during which time they will play three friendlies, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Roberto Mancini’s side will play Saudi club Al Hilal — now coached by French former PSG boss Antoine Kombouare — on July 13 in Innsbruck.
They will then meet German second division side Dynamo Dresden on July 17 and Turkish top flight side Besiktas on July 20 at the same venue.
Players who competed in Euro 2012 such as Italy’s Mario Balotelli and Spaniard David Silva, have been given three weeks off by Mancini and will not be in Austria.
World and European champions Spain prepared for their successful Euro 2012 campaign in Austria in May.