Manchester United are hopeful the signing
commit his future to the club.
The feeling at hierarchical level at United is the return
of Ronaldo is such a compelling statement of intent
that it may persuade Pogba to stay.
Pogba, 28, has entered the last year of his contract
and would be free to negotiate a pre-contract
agreement with overseas clubs in the
January transfer window unless he agrees a new
deal with United before then.
Ronaldo, 36, has become United’s highest earner on
£480,000-a-week, with David de Gea second on
£375,000-a-week. Pogba is on £295,000-a-week.
Pogba has still not shown any concrete interest in
signing a new United contract but the club now have
more time to pitch to Pogba that he would not be
wasting the last competitive years of his career at the club.
United have not won a trophy since Pogba’s first
season back in 2016-17 and have gone four seasons
without any silverware.
When asked about Ronaldo’s return to United, Pogba
said: “Everybody knows [what he brings]. He’s already
a legend at this club and he is coming back.
“Obviously, it’s good for us, he’s going to bring his
experience and quality. When he comes, the level
goes up. We’re really pleased he’s coming and the
most important thing today was the win so that when
he comes we keep this winning mentality and keep going.”
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said last December
Pogba’s United career was ‘over’ and outlined his
intention to engineer a transfer in the summer window.
Raiola initially attempted to move Pogba in the 2019
summer window but United did not receive an
acceptable offer. The Covid-19 pandemic effectively
scuppered a departure in the last two summer
windows due to the financial impact on elite clubs.