Ryan Giggs has told Manchester United’s players to kick Paul Pogba in training – just like Paul Scholes did to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’ in June amid interest from Real Madrid.
Giggs, who played for United for 14 years between 1990 and 2014, says his old team-mates would have given Pogba a friendly reminder that no player is bigger than the club.
Speaking to The Sun, the Wales boss said: “Kick him in training. But that doesn’t happen anymore, you are starting to lose that.
“Now I’m not saying you kick everyone – but that was how Ronaldo got better.
“Paul Scholes would kick him if he took too many touches.
“Suddenly it clicked that you can’t keep dribbling ‘or else I’m going to get kicked.’”
Pogba could still leave Old Trafford in the forthcoming weeks with the transfer window open for European clubs until September 2.
The midfielder is valued at £150million by United chiefs and reports claim Real Madrid can’t afford him.
The LaLiga giants have already spent more than £250m this summer on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, and Rodrygo.
LIVE on talkSPORT
Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week
- Leeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
Ronaldo was pushing for a move to Real Madrid in 2008, but was convinced to stay for another year by Sir Alex Ferguson. It remains to be seen whether manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can do the same with his Galactico-in-waiting.
Giggs believes Pogba would leave a huge void in the Red Devils team if he leaves.
He said: “I think the fans are split. Some fans say ‘let him go’ and some recognise the quality he has got and if he does go there will be a big void.
Liverpool to beat Man City to the title, says Lineker as he predicts top three
West Ham 0 Man City 1 live: Jesus taps champions in front at the London Stadium
Man United ‘stronger, fitter and hungrier,’ Rio Ferdinand warns rivals
Why Kane has the advantage over Salah and Aubameyang in Golden Boot race
Ferdinand: Alisson a huge loss… Liverpool will finish further off Man City
on the radio
Leeds vs Nottingham Forest live: Both teams unchanged as Nketiah misses out
West Ham vs Man City kicks off talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage
Rio Ferdinand says keeping duo was West Ham’s best business ahead of opener
Aguero and Bernardo Silva on bench for West Ham trip, Haller starts
‘Oh s**t’ – Haller jokes about not even getting to touch the ball against Man City
“If you get rid of all the players and you haven’t got quality to replace them, then that is difficult as well. So it is a tough job for Ole, that balancing act.
“Ronaldo said he wanted to go and then did an extra year. Whether that is going to happen or not, I don’t know.
“But if Pogba goes now, there will be a massive void in midfield where I think we are already short.”