Until his move to Manchester United is finalised at long last, Paul Pogba is unlikely to evade the headlines and back pages. His potentially world record transfer is seemingly impossible to escape.
Consequently, in an interview with the Daily Mail, United captain Wayne Rooney was always going to be asked about the saga.
Aside from dishing out the customary praise, Rooney offered an interesting insight into what it was like training with the Frenchman. It appears the 23-year-old wasn’t keen to be pushed around at Carrington.
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If the Pogba transfer ever comes to a conclusion, it will see the midfielder make a return to Old Trafford after four years away with Juventus. It will prove the most expensive return in football history with United set for a £100 million loss.
Rooney, United’s skipper, will be the man Pogba plays under. Moreover, given the 30-year-old’s ever changing favoured position, he could even prove a midfield partner for the pending signing.
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While Pogba is primarily known for his arsenal of tricks and flair, Rooney shed light on a more physical side of the Juventus man.
England’s all-time top scorer remarked that the predominant memory of training with him was: “The bruises.”
He continues to remark: “He was one of those players who, when you trained against him, somehow he would just hurt you. A knee in your side, bump into you, I don't think he meant to do it, but it just happened.”
“You didn't even need to get into a tackle. Just go next to him and you'd find an elbow or some other sharp bit. So, if he comes, I'm looking forward to that again!”
While any talk of Pogba arriving at Old Trafford must be taken with a pinch of salt, Rooney is certainly, albeit conditionally, excited.
Given this insight, the 30-year-old is also anticipating the Frenchman’s physical nature and the rough and tumble he’ll bring back to training.
Either way, the prospect of Rooney, Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the same team is certainly some thought. With The Special One at the reins also, United are undoubtedly throwing the kitchen sink at next season.
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