Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to hit the ground running when football’s coronavirus suspension ends.
A return to Premier League action in June is currently on the cards, ending what will have been a three-month absence of action for the English top flight.
For injured players like Pogba, the wait has been even longer. The 27-year-old has managed just eight appearances during an injury-hit season and has yet to feature in 2020 due to an ankle issue.
“I have a little home gym in my house,” Pogba, who is isolating in the north west, said.
“I can do some training, some running, some bike, go outside and do some things with the ball. I am just keeping busy and keeping healthy.
“We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice. It is a period and we don’t know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this (pandemic) will stop.
“And then we have to get back on the pitch, so we have to be ready.
“For myself, I have been out for a long time as well, so for me I just want to come back playing football.”
Pogba, whose Old Trafford future continues to be in question, has been in regular contact with his team-mates during the lockdown as they continue to the put the work in amid this unusual backdrop.
“My advice first of all is to stay safe, stay at home and keep practising,” he told the club’s website.
“There is always a way to work, you can work with anything you have at home, you can still do sit-ups, push-ups.
“For abdominals and core work, you don’t need weights and stuff like that. You just need the work.”
Rooney names Man Utd flop who was ‘country mile’ better than Pogba
Wayne Rooney has claimed that former Man Utd misfit Ravel Morrison was a “country mile” better than the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.
Morrison has long been considered one of the most naturally talented players in the Old Trafford club’s modern history, but he made just three League Cup appearances before leaving the Red Devils in 2012.
The midfielder has been a real journeyman since, struggling to settle at West Ham, Lazio, Ostersund and now Sheffield United, whom he joined last summer and has played just one Premier League game for.
And Rooney is one of many who saw Morrison’s undoubted ability first-hand at Man Utd and claims the now 27-year-old was better than all of his young team-mates at the time. Read more…