It seems as though the only ones more excited by the notion of Paul Pogba being back at Manchester United than the club’s fans are the players themselves. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Frenchman have traded Instagram snaps of their own personal game of “Who’s More Famous?”, Jesse Lingard couldn’t help but post a video of his old academy friend the day the transfer went through, and now David de Gea, the club’s three-time reigning Player of the Year has talked up Pogba’s move back to United in an interview with MUTV.
“I think he is something special. Signing for this club, he played here before and I think he’s home. He feels like this is his home and we are all really, really happy to have him again in Manchester. He’s now with all his friends again in Manchester, with everyone here, and he looks like he never left the club. He’s really good for the team.
“I think it’s good to have a mix of young players and experienced players. That’s what we have in the team now and I think it’s really good for the young players. They have done really well, they train very hard and it’s really good to see.”
Seeing De Gea speak so warmly about Pogba’s return to Old Trafford is particularly satisfying as it wasn’t so long ago that the Spaniard was on the cusp of leaving England altogether. The collapse of his deal to Real Madrid on deadline day was subsequently followed by the signing of a new contract, but there were plenty of whispers to suggest that De Gea might have left this summer had Louis van Gaal stayed on as the club’s manager, due partly to their relationship.
Now, with Jose Mourinho in charge, and Manchester United seemingly making moves in order to put the club back on top of the pile both domestically and on the continent, De Gea appears excited to be a part of what the club are building, especially after how badly United appeared to be run in the three years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
It seems as though United are matching De Gea’s ambitions, and given the tremendous amounts of money that the club have been willing to shell out for players, and the confidence that appears to have returned to the side on this season’s evidence, De Gea is likely to not come to regret his decision to remain in Manchester.