Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho pleased Paul Pogba saga has positive outcome


The Red Devils have been hard at work to secure the return of the sought-after France international after he famously left Old Trafford in 2012 to sign for Juventus on a free transfer.

Rumours were rife over the past fortnight that a deal was imminent, but neither club gave anything away until Sunday when they both announced that Pogba had been granted permission to undergo medical tests in England ahead of his protracted move from Italian champions Juve.

Speaking after his side's 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield at Wembley later in the day, Mourinho said he had been made aware just before kick-off that the 23-year-old midfielder was 'coming home' as the United fans had been chanting during the match.

When asked whether Pogba was returning to his former club, Mourinho told BT Sport: "I think so, finally. It's an amazing situation that such a great player is with us. Finally we have him.

"He comes to a winning side, who have won the Cup Final and the Community Shield. He has to work hard to come to the team. I only heard this information just before the game."

The FA Cup champions had the better chances in the capital and took the lead through Jesse Lingard on 32 minutes, but Jamie Vardy pulled the Premier League winners back into the contest early in the second half when he pounced on a weak back-pass from Marouane Fellaini and took the ball past David De Gea before slotting home from a narrow angle.

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gained instant hero status with the winning goal seven minutes from time as he rose above Wes Morgan to head past a diving Kasper Schmeichel into the far corner to clinch the first piece of silverware under Mourinho.