Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokingly said he would “break his legs” to agent Mino Raiola if he let Pogba sign for anyone but Man Utd in the summer. Despite rumoured interest from rivals such as Man City and Real Madrid, the deal to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford was eventually agreed at a world-record fee of around £87m.
“Zlatan told me, ‘Do not transfer Pogba elsewhere or I will break your legs’,” Raiola told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.nl.
Raiola, agent of fellow United new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, also had claimed previously he was unhappy at boss Jose Mourinho’s usage of his world record player arguing that he was sitting too deep.
However, the France international was much more effective playing in a more advanced role in Utd’s first half blitz of Leicester City on Saturday.
Pogba was at the forefront of most of United’s good attacking play, scoring a header, and was rewarded with man of the match after a display that reminded many United fans how potent and influential he can be.
Pogba had made a quiet start to his Utd career despite having an impressive debut at home to Southampton. Many believe he is best utilized in a more attacking role and his performances have been hindered by Wayne Rooney’s inevitable inclusion.
However, with captain Rooney dropped on Saturday in the 4-1 victory over Leicester, this means Pogba may be allowed to roam freely more often, and be allowed to show why United broke the world-record fee for him.