Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims that Manchester United paid the parents of French teenager Paul Pogba, who joined the club from Le Harve this summer. Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Ferguson said that the club had only been brought into the youth transfers controversy because United is the biggest club.
“They (the media) were always going to bring Manchester United into it because we’re the biggest club, without any knowledge of the situation,” said Ferguson.
“I can assure you Manchester United has behaved correctly in all dealings we have with parents. There has never been a case, ever, that we have paid parents. It would be crazy to even contemplate that because it would be the biggest headache you could ever have, paying a parent.”
Le Harve President Jean-Pierre Louvel accused United of giving Pogba’s parents €100,000 (£87,000) each, and a house, to bring him to Old Trafford.
“This (charge) was levelled by a frustrated President and he’s now going to have to retract it. What other clubs do is subject to a lot of controversy at the moment but I’m confident at our own club,” Fergie continued.