Paul Pogba is reportedly ‘leaning towards signing a new Manchester United contract’ with Cristiano Ronaldo’s return playing a big factor in his change of heart.
Over the last few years, Pogba has hinted he wants a new challenge away from Old Trafford, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and former club Juventus frequently linked with a transfer for the Frenchman.
However, he is arguably enjoying his best period of form in the famous red shirt over the last year, excelling with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and now Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.
The 28-year-old has started the new season in sparkling form with seven assists in four Premier League games – including two in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle, where Ronaldo marked his return with two goals.
According to The Athletic, Ronaldo’s arrival has pleased Pogba and there is now a ‘genuine chance’ the World Cup winner could extend his deal, which currently runs until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Reports in the summer suggested PSG were looking to offer the 28-year-old a mammoth contract in January as they looked to tie him down to a pre-contract agreement, ahead of a free transfer in the summer.
However, United are in great form and Pogba has been instrumental in their great start to the season.
Ronaldo also enjoyed a blistering start to his return to the club as he netted twice on his second debut against Newcastle on Saturday.
The Red Devils now boast a truly world class XI, with Pogba’s compatriot Raphael Varane and England winger Jadon Sancho – who both also started against Newcastle – joining Ronaldo as the arrivals this summer.
The pressure, though, is now firmly on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to deliver trophies – anything less than that and the Norwegian could be in trouble come the end of the season in May.
And former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen knows the pressure the boss is now under, saying United must now make the ‘final step’ towards titles.
“They’ve been working under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now for a number years and they have gradually progressed, getting to semi-finals and to finals,” the Dutchman said on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They now just need to make that last step. Throughout the team you’ve got quality there, from back to front, and he’s got quality in depth.
“The most important thing is to get consistent performances and good results.”
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