Pogba ‘lobbied’ Ronaldo as report reveals positive impact on Man Utd dressing room

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Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba speaks to Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images
Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba speaks to Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images

A report has highlighted the positive impact Paul Pogba had on the Man Utd dressing room last season and the midfielder was able to ‘command major respect’ from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils announced on Wednesday that the France international would be leaving the club at the end of the month on a free transfer with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all linked.

Pogba has been criticised for his inconsistent performances over the last six seasons following his 2016 move back to Old Trafford from Juventus for £86m.

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He infamously had a falling out with former manager Jose Mourinho despite being instrumental in Man Utd claiming a Europa League and League Cup double in 2017.

And there was a report during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at the club in 2019 that Pogba was ‘tearing Manchester United’s dressing room apart’.

However, The Athletic insists he has done his best to unite the dressing room this season with Rangnick valuing Pogba’s ability ‘ to mediate aspects of the dressing room’.

The Frenchman is one of the only players who has managed to ‘command major respect’ from Ronaldo, who has also been criticised for his performances this season.

The Athletic added:

‘Ronaldo said he wished he had played with Pogba at Real Madrid, because of the variety and quality of his passing. Pogba lobbied Ronaldo to be more constructive with feedback for younger players, such as when Jadon Sancho failed to square the ball when through against Brighton in February.

‘At the final whistle of that 2-0 win, in which Ronaldo scored the opening goal, Pogba gave encouragement to centre-back Harry Maguire whose final touch had been to clear the ball into the stands. “We have to believe in ourselves,” Pogba said. “You’re an £80 million player for a reason.”

‘On another occasion, when a meeting of some players with Rangnick about form turned unexpectedly into a targeted tactical discussion, Pogba went back later to apologise to United’s interim manager for the way things had gone.

‘That’s why, whatever the criticisms — which went as far as Mourinho once branding Pogba a “virus” — he always remained a liked figure in the dressing room. Staff in the media department appreciated the way he would volunteer for interviews without hesitation if another player had dropped out.’

Following the announcement on his future, Pogba posted a message for the Man Utd supporters online.

“I feel privileged to have played for this club,” Pogba wrote on Instagram.

“Many beautiful moments and memories but most importantly an unconditional support from the fans. Thank you.”

 

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