7 things you may not have known about Paul Pogba
Published 07/08/2016 | 15:56
Paul Pogba is poised to become the final piece in Jose Mourinho's Manchester United jigsaw after he was cleared to undergo a medical.
Here is look at the player who left Old Trafford under a cloud four years ago but returns as a likely lynchpin of new manager Mourinho's team.
1. He has a 'super agent'
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola also manages the affairs of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli. Former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson wrote in his recent management book, Leading, that his relationship with Raiola was "like oil and water" and claimed the agent's influence was a factor behind Pogba's departure from Manchester United as a 19-year-old in 2012.
2. He has famous friends too
Pogba checked in with Canadian actor and rapper Drake during a break in the United States this summer, plus former NFL star Chad Johnson and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
3. He might need to build a bridge in Manchester
After Pogba's Old Trafford exit four years ago, Ferguson said: "I don't think he showed us any respect at all."
4. Instagram celebrity
Since setting up an account in January 2016, the 23-year-old's instagram (@paulpogba) has attracted more than 6.7million followers.
5. Football is a family affair
Pogba has twin brothers, Florentin and Mathias, who are three years older than him and also play professional football. Florentin plays for St Etienne in France while Mathias plies his trade in Scotland with Partick Thistle. Both Florentin and Mathias opted to represent Guinea at international level.
6. He has a nickname or two
Because of his long legs, many Italian fans have nicknamed Pogba 'Il Polpo Paul' - Paul the Octopus, in English. However, his former Manchester United team-mates had a more cheeky nickname for him. Pogba told France Football magazine in 2013 that they referred to him as 'Nelson Mandela' after the way he stood up to Ferguson.
7. He had a special Ballon d'Or date
Pogba took his mother Yeo to January's Ballon d'or ceremony, at which he became the youngest player to be included in FIFA's FIFPro Team of the Year since Lionel Messi's appearance in 2009.