French World Cup winner Paul Pogba has finally joined up with the rest of the Manchester United squad after being named as part of the pre-season tour of Australia and Asia despite the former Juventus man pushing for a move away from Old Trafford.
The France international revealed his desire for a new challenge this summer while his agent Mino Raiola declared that the pair were working towards securing his departure from Manchester United.
Pogba and the rest of the team flew out of England on Sunday afternoon and would represent the club in Australia, China and Singapore.
Real Madrid and Juventus have revealed their intention to bring Pogba into their teams as both sides aim to reclaim the UEFA Champions League in the coming season.
Zidane had been particularly vocal in his support of Pogba and had demanded that his compatriot be brought to the Santiago Bernabeu no matter the cost.
However, Manchester United had declared that they will retain their player heading into the 2019-20 campaign because he is crucial to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Pogba is joined in the squad by Romelu Lukaku, who has been at the centre of transfer rumours since the end of last season. The Belgian striker resumed training early in a bid to impress the United manager if he could not force a move to the Serie A.
Fred and Matteo Darmian are the two most senior players missing from the 28-man roster, with the duo set to join up with the squad at a later date due to personal reasons.
Alexis Sanchez is also missing from the pre-season squad due to his participation in the Copa America with Chile. Dean Henderson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have also been left behind amid reports that they could again be loaned out in the coming weeks.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James will likely be in the spotlight as the pre-season tour would be the first time that the fans of the club will get to see the new men in action.
Manchester United begin their pre-season campaign against Perth Glory on July 13. They will remain in Western Australia to take on Leeds United before travelling to Singapore for a clash with Inter.
The tour finishes with a meeting with Tottenham in Shanghai before the 20-time English champions return to Europe for games against Norwegian side Kristiansund and Serie A giants AC Milan ahead of their Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11.