Real Madrid were offered the chance to sign current Man Utd playmaker Bruno Fernandes last summer, but turned down the opportunity because of one specific reason.
The Portuguese has been a revelation since his late winter window arrival at Old Trafford, contributing three goals and four assists from just nine appearances in a United shirt.
His displays saw him become only the 12th man to be named Premier League Player of the Month at the first time of trying when he landed the award for February.
His dynamism has injected new life into Man Utd’s season, though according to British newspaper the Daily Express (via Spanish outlet DiarioMadridista), it could’ve been all so very different had Real Madrid moved in for the player when available last summer.
The publication state that Los Blancos rejected the chance to sign the 25-year-old ‘due to Zinedine Zidane’s desperation to sign Pogba from United.’
The France international’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of great speculation, with a recent report detailing an alarming drop in the midfielder’s price tag.
Pogba has not taken the field at the same time as Fernandes in a Man Utd shirt yet, but that has not stopped the ex-Sporting Lisbon man from earning rave reviews for his spectacular early performances.
Liverpool legend and outspoken pundit Steve Nicol is one such admirer.
“There’s always that temptation [of getting carried away too soon], particularly when it’s so obvious the difference he’s made and so obvious that he was joining a team that needed something,” Nicol said on ESPN FC (via the Daily Express).
“So far he’s been the inspiration.
“I always wondered why, for the last couple of years he’s always been mentioned by the top sides but it seems no one has ever gone that extra mile and signed him.
“Manchester United are actually going to benefit because clearly the guy has figured it out.
“And when you’ve been through a tough situation and you turn all that around, and you start doing the things he’s doing in the Premier League, then that to me I don’t believe he is going to be a flash in the pan.
“I think he’s here to stay.”