Man Utd ace Jesse Lingard opens up on friendship with Paul Pogba

Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard has discussed his friendship with team-mate Paul Pogba, claiming the French midfielder had showed his ability from a young age in the academy. Lingard and Pogba have maintained a close friendship since the latter’s move from Juventus in 2016.

Lingard and Pogba have always been close friends.

The pair came through the United academy together, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2011.

The two midfielders were in a star-studded team along with Ravel Morrison and Will Keane.

Just months later, however, Pogba walked away from Old Trafford, sealing a free transfer to Juventus.

In that time, Pogba emerged as one of the best midfielders in the world, while Lingard stayed put and worked through the youth academy into the United first-team squad.

They were later reunited after United forked out £89million to sign Pogba back from Juve.

But according to Lingard, his friend’s talent was always visable, claiming he could tell how good he was from a young age.

Speaking to the UTD podcast, he heaped praise on Pogba.

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“I have been with him since the Under-18s and you could see the talent that he possessed at such a young age,“ Jesse recalled on UTD Podcast.

“Even then he was big, he was strong and when he was on the ball, although he sometimes made mistakes, you could tell the talent that he possessed.

“Week in, week out, in training and in games, there were things that he brought to the team, like the confidence.

“Even off the pitch, it gave everyone confidence and he’s carried that on now.

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“Obviously he’s won the World Cup as well so that’s a cherry on top.”

Meanwhile, Pogba has been tipped to leave United this summer, with reports sgugesting Paris Saint-Germain have entered into the race to sign him.

The Frenchman has been expected to leave all season, but with PSG entering the fray, there is a new option on the table for him.

The French champions have reportedly offered up Angel Di Maria, Julien Draxler and cash to try and tempt the Red Devils into selling.

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