Manchester United stars have taken to social media to welcome Paul Pogba back to the club.
The Frenchman, who left Old Trafford four years ago, completed his world-record £93.2 million move from Juventus last night.
Jesse Lingard let the welcoming party, posting a video of himself with Pogba at United’s Carrington training base.
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The winger, who scored United’s opener in their 2-1 Community Shield win over Leicester City, played with Pogba for United’s youth team before seeing him leave for Turin in 2012.
And nobody appears to be more delighted than Lingard. You can expect the pair to conjure up some creative version of the ‘dab’ or ‘hit dem folks’ celebration this season.
Lingard posted a picture of the pair both performing the dab on Instagram, with the caption: “Wait on it….. welcome home @paulpogba,” while Rashford posted a photo of his new teammate in United gear with the caption: “He’s back.”
The midfielder’s international teammate, Morgan Schneiderlin, took to Twitter to share an image of the pair, along with Anthony Martial, in France uniform.
Here's the best of the reaction.
We expect welcome messages from Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. when they get round to the idea that United hold the world-record transfer fee.
Social media influence
Social media has played a key part in Pogba’s transfer saga - he and his agent Mino Raiola have had fans on a leash throughout, posting cryptic messages and Adidas commercials - so it seems only fitting that United’s stars use the media to welcome their newest teammate.
Pogba re-joins the Red Devils, four years after leaving Old Trafford after becoming disillusioned following a lack of first-team football under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Juventus, under the management of Antonio Conte, offered Pogba the chance to fulfil his immense potential in Turin. It was an opportunity the talented young Frenchman grasped with both hands.
During his four years in Italy, Pogba won the Serie A title at the end of every season. He also lifted the Coppa Italia twice and helped the Old Lady reach the Champions League final in 2014-15.
Furthermore, he established his status as one of the best players on the planet - not to mention the world’s most sought-after central midfielder.
Pogba, who scored eight goals and registered 12 assists in 33 Serie A appearances for Juventus last term, will be expected to hit the ground running due to his astronomical transfer fee.
Mourinho could hand the France international his second debut for the Red Devils against Southampton on August 19.
Pogba becomes Mourinho’s fourth signing as United manager following the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.