Wayne Rooney believes that Manchester United target Paul Pogba would want to return to the club that released him on a free transfer and prove his quality.
The Paul Pogba to Manchester United transfer saga has been among the longest and most high-profile ones this summer. Despite interest from other top European clubs, it appears that United boss Jose Mourinho has convinced the 23-year-old to move to Manchester.
In an interview with Daily Mail (h/t Sky Sports), United captain Wayne Rooney provided an insight about Pogba and his imminent arrival at Old Trafford. The Englishman also spoke about his first training session with the former Manchester United player.
“The bruises. He [Pogba] was one of those players who, when you trained against him, somehow he would just hurt you,” stated Rooney recalled. “A knee in your side, bump into you, I don’t think he meant to do it, but it just happened.”
“He had great ability, some of the things he could do, and he’s gone up a level since he left us. I hope he is going to want to return to United and prove he’s a top-class player. If he is excited to play for us, we’ll be excited to have him back.”
“I’m sure he’ll feel there is an unfinished business, and it would be a very big statement by the club if they can make it happen,” he added.
Former Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Mourinho’s third signing after his move to Old Trafford. The Swedish superstar joined Manchester United on a free transfer and recently made his club debut. With just four minutes into the game, Ibrahimovic had already begun writing the headlines. A scintillating scissor kick by the Swede against a strong Galatasaray side found its way straight into the back of the net, giving goalkeeper Fernando Muslera no chance to stop it.
His addition would undoubtedly bolster the United attack that craved for goals throughout the course of the 2015/16 campaign. Rooney had a number of good things to say about the club’s new number nine.
“He’s one of the best strikers, and a big personality. You can see he wants to be a really important player for us.
“After training he is already talking about how we can get the best out of each other, you can see he’s got this great work ethic,” said Rooney.
The Red Devils play their next game on the 3rd of August, in Rooney’s testimonial against his former side Everton. Later in the week, United face the defending Premier League champions Leicester City on the 7th at the Wembley Stadium for the F.A. Community Shield.