Before the lockdown, Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United looked grim. He was inconsistent and had many injuries. However, this has seemed to turn around since the reboot. This has made Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, interested in Pogba.
According to Get French Football News, Zidane was reported to be “greatly annoyed” by not getting Pogba last summer. He has wanted the Frenchman for awhile now. Especially after Man U paid an £89 million fee to Juventus to gain Pogba back in 2016.
Since the return, Pogba’s playing has seemed to turn around. The 27-year-old is truly showing why Man U paid so much for him. With Bruno Fernandes joining the team, Pogba has created a great connection with him. They have been running Man U’s midfield since the return.
Even former United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has spoken about the turnaround.
“Pogba has been a totally different player since the restart,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“The energy levels in his game, it’s the Pogba United paid £89m for four years ago. A big factor is undoubtedly the man he is playing with in the center of midfield – Bruno Fernandes.
“Pogba will not want to be shown up out there and that’s perhaps the motivation he needed. Solskjaer will be absolutely loving what he’s seeing from those two.
“Fernandes is just doing what comes naturally to him and it’s been a huge boost to Pogba’s form – it’s freed him up to play as well.
“There’s probably less pressure on him now because he knows that some of the burden of expectation is being shouldered by Fernandes.”
Pogba’s new thrive as a player has attracted Zidane even more. Although Real Madrid has been eyeing 17-year-old Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga, they’re unlikely to make a big-money move. So that puts into question if they’d be able to afford a Pogba transfer.
Pogba is in the last year of his contract, which is another reason why Zidane wants him so much. However, if Pogba has had a new sense of freedom playing with Fernandes, he may not want to leave. Which means he could sign a contract extension to lead him to the 2022 season. So, even though Pogba most likely won’t move to Real Madrid, it won’t stop Zidane from pursuing him.