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Paul Pogba becalms Sir Alex's hairdryer treatment
Paul Pogba, the former Manchester United midfielder, has played down Sir Alex Ferguson's renowned hairdryer treatment by claiming he is more likely to share a joke than pour scorn on his team. Pogba, a France under-20 international, fell out with Ferguson during new contract talks last season and refused to sign a new deal, deciding to move to Juventus rather than continue his education at Old Trafford. That move was finalised in July and Ferguson could not resist firing a parting shot at the midfielder who claimed he had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at Manchester United. Pogba is enjoying life in Italy and has scored two goals in six games since joining the Italian champions in the off season, hence his kind words on Ferguson. “He is kind of relaxed and he’s a guy who likes to laugh in the dressing room,” he told Tuttosport. “Of course you see him on TV all serious, but he knows how to be in the dressing room.”
In The Sun, former United defender John O’Shea has tipped Reds youngster Robbie Brady to become a star at Old Trafford. “Robbie definitely does,” the Sunderland man said, when asked whether Brady has got what it takes. “He is a very intelligent lad and is under no illusions he is facing a difficult task. But he has got a lot of ability and the talent to back it up. If he did get a chance to get a run in the Manchester United team, I am sure he would take it with both hands.”
Elsewhere, many of today’s papers suggest Rio Ferdinand will decide on his future at the end of the season, quoting the defender from his Inside United interview. "The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I’m feeling and go from there.”