Paul Pogba discussed everything from Jose Mourinho’s first words to him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic being like a big brother in an interview with MUTV.
The Frenchman, who completed his return to Manchester United earlier this month, is set to make his debut on Friday against Southampton.
And it’s clear that the jovial £89 million man hasn’t let his world-record transfer fee affect him in any way, shape or form. He even admitted as much, claiming he feels under no added pressure to return United to the top.
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It’s been a whirlwind summer for Pogba, who helped France reach the final of Euro 2016 before holidaying in the United States.
Not only has he had to deal with all the attention that comes with being the most expensive player in football history, but there’s also the added subplot of his return to the club that mistakenly let him leave in 2012.
It was Sir Alex Ferguson who let me leave and Jose Mourinho who brought him back. And what was the first thing the United boss said to him?
“He said welcome back, and thank you for trusting us.”
You only need to see the smile on his face when he discusses his return to “home” to see that Pogba’s departure four years ago left no scars.
Raring to go
The 23-year-old missed Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth on Sunday owing to a suspension but is expected to feature against Claude Puel’s team at Old Trafford.
Mourinho might be hesitant to play the midfielder given he didn’t have a pre-season, but Pogba insists he is raring to go.
“You have to ask the manager but I feel very good and have been training for 10 days. I am okay,” Pogba told the Manchester Evening News.
“I am quite used to this (busy summer). I played the World Cup two years ago when at Juve and three years ago I was at the Under-20s World Cup as well. So I am okay. It is about your body and I have been training on my holidays.”
Mourinho chose to play Eric Bailly against Bournemouth despite the defender being injured for the week leading up to the game, so it would be a surprise if Pogba doesn’t play on Friday.
Which means we’re little over 24 hours away from seeing the most expensive player in history in action. Let the countdown begin.