Paul Pogba has explained the way Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Manchester United’s dressing room atmosphere.
Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford from Juventus just like Pogba did five years ago, and the pair will play on the same side for the first time in their careers.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s recent return will please the Red Devils midfielder, who has been keen to compete with the biggest honours in world football and is keeping his options open during the final year of his United contract.
Linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid this summer after failing to win a Premier League or Champions League during his time back in Manchester, Pogba may now be convinced to commit to the club thanks to the serial winner’s homecoming, which was confirmed on transfer deadline day.
During the ongoing International break, the Frenchman told Telefoot, via Get Football News France: “It’s always a pleasure to play with the best, it’s a plus for the players to be able to train with a great player.
“He’s going to raise the level of the team.”
The 28-year-old also said on Sky Sports before the deal was finalised: “Everybody knows [what he brings].
“He’s already a legend in this club and he’s coming back, so obviously it’s huge for us, for the club,” Pogba explained as he detailed exactly what Ronaldo, despite being 36, offers.
“He’s going to bring his experience, his quality and obviously when he comes the level [of the team] goes up.
The No.6 also spoke about the signing of France teammate Raphael Varane to Telefoot, who spent seven years at Real Madrid with Ronaldo, in similar terms, saying: “Raph’s arrival is a positive for the club, we have a great relationship, we’ve known each other for a while.
“I’m happy that he’s with us at Manchester to bring his experience and quality to the table.”
But will Pogba be part of that team in the long term?
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been candid about talks but has been “very impressed” with his assist-laden start to the Premier League season, setting up five goals in three games.
“We’ve seen that Paul wants to contribute,” Solskjaer said. “Of course you [reporters] don’t see him in the dressing room or in training, but he’s really determined and he shows his winning mentality and I’m very impressed with him.”
On the contract situation, the United manager added: “That’s gonna be the question every week now until he does [sign a new contract].
“As I’ve said all the time, Paul is a top player, the talks are between the club and his representatives, I’m not involved in that but he knows how much I care about him and that we want him to play well for us.”