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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Manchester United's Paul Pogba drops PSG hint with Neymar 'joy on the pitch' comment

Despite arriving at United in 2016 for then world-record fee, Frenchman has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourhino, leading to speculation about future

Paul Pogba is rumoured to be unsettled at Manchester United. Franck Fife / AFP
Paul Pogba is rumoured to be unsettled at Manchester United. Franck Fife / AFP

Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said it would be a pleasure to play with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar, whom he described as pure "joy on the pitch" in an interview with an Argentine sports channel on Tuesday.

"Neymar is the definition of joy on the pitch," the French international told Argentina's TyC Sports. "When I look at him on the pitch, he enjoys playing, with his technique, his ability and all that.

"I love watching him play. He's a different guy, he has his own style. If one day I'm going to play with him, it'll be a pleasure."

He was returning the favour after Neymar said in 2016 that he admired Pogba's style and would love to play alongside him. Pogba, despite arriving at United in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million (Dh458m), has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourhino, leading to speculation about his future.

France manager Didier Deschamps said "he can't be happy" with his current situation at Old Trafford after the 25-year-old player joined up with the squad for Friday's friendly against Colombia.

Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record €222 million (around Dh960m) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar faces up to two months on the sidelines with a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Christophe Archambault / AFP
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar faces up to two months on the sidelines with a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Christophe Archambault / AFP
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