Paul Pogba has been pictured having a conversation with Zinedine Zidane during his time in Dubai.
The Frenchman has been in the Middle East over the international break as he works towards recovering from a foot injury sustained against Southampton.
Reports stated over the summer that Zidane had placed a strong emphasis on Real Madrid signing Pogba, but Man United stood firm in their determination to keep him.
It was therefore quite unnerving to see the 26-year-old holding a conversation with his fellow countryman on what looks like a nice private artificial breach of some kind.
Photo: Pogba and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the Transform Altitude Performance Center in Dubai. The source states their encounter was a coincidence #mulive [mirror] pic.twitter.com/055oxMMKaP
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 17, 2019
But what did United fans really think about it?
Finally Pogba is off so we can really kick start the right culture and mentality at Manchester United.
— MJ (@utd_mark) October 17, 2019
— FergieTime™️ (@SSIIIIUUUUU) October 17, 2019
Meh, don't really care if Pogba goes at this point, I've made peace with this ordeal. What's the point of having him at the club only surrounded by a bunch of bottle jobs. This is all on Woodward's hands @ManUtd
— Daniel Christian R. (@dancrstian) October 18, 2019
Agent zidane doing bits himself. I dont blame pogba if he leaves for Madrid. United these days only ruins footballers careers
— Chris F💭 (@ChrisFe93271873) October 17, 2019
In truth, the overall reaction was one of… acceptance. United fans no longer feel the need to defend Pogba with their lives on social media because it is assumed by most that, following another poor season all round for United as a club, the midfielder will seek a move to the Bernabeu, and rightly so.
He spoke of wanting a “new challenge” in June, but that would not have meant helping United stave off relegation. It would be a waste of talent and time for him to stay put at a club that is going nowhere.