Manchester United stars including Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, and new signings -Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been undergoing intense preparation for the upcoming football season in Perth, Australia at the WACA.
The French World Cup winner, Pogba made the headlines a few weeks ago when he claimed that he was looking forward to a new challenge and it might be time to move on from Manchester United.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola has also dominated the papers in recent weeks claiming that he was working towards ensuring that Pogba does not remain at Old Trafford for much longer.
A number of fans were surprised that Pogba joined up with the rest of the Manchester United squad that made the trip to Australia.
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However, many fans are still surprised that Pogba has emerged as one of the best trainers at the pre-season camp. The former Juventus man has been one of the first players to run out every morning and was seen taking pictures with fans and signing autographs at the open training session on Thursday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge of all proceedings at the training centre with his coaching staff as the Norwegian hopes to bring back the glory days of the club in his first full season in charge of the club he represented for almost a decade.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but both players were on the plane that left Manchester to Australia last weekend as both players aim to impress the new boss if a move away from the club fails to materialize.
Manchester United fans will be particularly excited to see that the new signings are adapting well to the conditions and are looking lively as they prepare to play a few friendlies abroad before returning to England where they will take on Chelsea in the opening fixture of the Premier League in August.
The club will also play a playoff game to secure their spot in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League because they finished 6th on the Premier League table last season. Arsenal, who finished 5th would get the automatic spot in the group stage of the tournament.
Manchester United’s work in Perth, Australia, has been impressively intense so far and Marcus Rashford is confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already increased the quality of training. “I just think that little things like pictures in our heads are a lot clearer already,” he says.
“Some of the other lads have been here in pre-season longer than I have, but in the short time I have been here things are becoming clearer to me on what the manager wants and how we are to do it on the pitch, so that will put us in good stead for the rest of the season.”
Solskjaer’s sessions in Perth so far have been really intense and it is clear that every player in the squad is extremely competitive, from small-sided drills all the way to practice matches. Rashford believes that is encouraging and states the quality of work in Australia is high.
“Yeah, I think that has stood for the last few years that I have been here anyway, and I think that stands forever – footballers want to win, but the thing that has gone up for me is the intensity and just the level of training,” says Marcus. “We are starting to understand it all a bit better.”
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“We can use this. This is Ole’s first pre-season and he can really stamp down what he wants to do. We have got to use the remainder of the time here and then in Singapore and China to keep progressing and improving.”
The boss revealed his delight to have most of the players available in the pre-season camp because this would allow the coaching staff to prepare tactically and mentally for the season ahead.
Manchester United are still expected to make a signing or two before the beginning of the Premier League season with Portuguese star, Bruno Fernandes heavily linked with the club. Sean Longstaff and Mario Lemina have also been rumoured to be heading to Old Trafford to bolster the squad.
Alexis Sanchez, who represented his nation at the recently concluded Copa America is the only member of the senior squad who is not at the camp in Perth. The former Arsenal man is currently injured but is expected to return to full fitness before the first game of the Premier League season.
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