Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has hailed the imminent world-record signing of Paul Pogba and has recalled his memories of the player’s time at Old Trafford last time around.
Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012 as a free agent, but enjoyed three years at the club prior to his acrimonious departure.
The Frenchman has realised his potential at Juventus, and is now on the verge of rejoining the club he left as a teenager for a world-record £100m.
Manchester United are among the title favourites going into the new season and discussing the possible return of his former team-mate, Rooney said that he was looking forward to playing with him again.
“The bruises,” Rooney told the Daily Mail, when asked of what he remembers about Pogba. “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! But 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 unfinished business, and it would be a very big statement by the club if they can make it happen.”