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Alex Ferguson rubber-stamps United’s Paul Pogba signing

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According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has authorised the signing of Paul Pogba.

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According to a report in the Daily Mail today, Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence at Old Trafford remains sufficiently large that he was able to give José Mourinho the “green light” to re-sign Paul Pogba at a dinner the two enjoyed at Manchester United’s training ground.

According to the same article, “Mourinho is keen to work closely with the Scot,” though exactly what that entails we’re not quite sure. Similarly, if Ferguson had said, quite literally, “no way José,” we’re not convinced the deal would’ve been brought to a dramatic halt.

But the reason Ferguson’s blessing is particularly interesting in this instance is that in buying Pogba, Mourinho is essentially rectifying one of Fergie’s biggest mistakes. The then-United manager allowed Pogba to leave on a free transfer back in 2013, reportedly after falling out with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.

However, the Scot now appears to have put the interests of the club before his own ego, or perhaps recognises the futility of resistance.