The Frenchman’s agent confirmed on Monday that the 27-year-old’s time at the club is ‘over’ as he’s ‘unhappy’ at the Theatre of Dreams.
Mino Raiola advised United to sell Pogba in the next window but it was the timing of the comments that have irked the club, as they came on the eve of United’s crucial Champions League fixture against RB Leipzig.
Ferdinand admits the timing of the comments are ‘disgusting’ but says the onus is on United to ‘nip it in the bud’.
‘I think the timing is disgusting from a player’s agent and an important player at the club,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
‘But I’m going to shift the focus more to Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward probably as well. How are you allowing an agent to talk like this?
‘This is not the first time. You nip it in the bud the first time he’s done it. It’s not the first time he’s spoken and put the focus on United.
‘Nip that in the bud for the first time. I was at United when Wayne Rooney was talking about a contract, we were all there, he was talking about leaving Manchester United.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson went in the media straight away and said, “Listen, he’s been advised badly by his agents and this will not happen again and I’m going to nip it in the bud”. Couple of days later, Wayne Rooney signs a new contract. If you don’t nip these things in the bud… Van de Beek comes in, doesn’t play, his agent in the first month speaking in the media – how is that happening?’