The Manchester United captain spoke to the Daily Mail regarding the potential return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.
A world-record transfer fee has long been mooted to engineer the triumphant return of Paul Pogba to Manchester United – a club that the Frenchman left in acrimonious circumstances in 2012, having joined as a blue-chip prospect in 2009.
If and when the move occurs, current club captain Wayne Rooney will understandably be thrilled, and believes that the ‘unfinished business’ that Pogba has at the Premier League outfit will benefit both parties.
“I hope he is going to want to return to United and prove he’s a top-class player,” Rooney told Martin Samuel.
“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. He had great ability, some of the things he could do, and he’s gone up a level since he left us.”
The two briefly played alongside each other during Pogba’s original spell at the club, and when asked what he remembered about his former teammate, Rooney was frank about the impact that he had.
“The bruises,” Rooney replied.
“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!”
United’s current malaise means that they are unable to offer the 23-year-old Champions League football, unlike other interested clubs such as Real Madrid. The arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager though has re-affirmed the belief that saw the Red Devils dominate the Premier League for the last two decades.
Pogba’s signing would represent a remarkable statement of intent.
“I think the players feel this is more like the old Manchester United. It’s not just the new signings, we’ve got Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford from last season who made such an impact.”