Manchester United have opened up closed wounds with Real Madrid, after Paul Pogba chose a move to Old Trafford over the Santiago Bernabeu.
The two clubs shared a friendly relationship up until last summer, when the two European giants were at loggerheads regarding the transfer of Spanish goal-keeper David De Gea.
De Gea was reportedly on the brink of a move to the La Liga giants in a deal worth around £25 million, before their fax machine broke down at the last moment. Real Madrid, however, blame United for sending the papers in too late.
And thus, a war of words ensued between the two clubs, each acting like children fighting on a playground, and blaming each other when questioned about whose fault it was.
Real were reportedly desperate to sign Paul Pogba, and were ready to match United’s world-record bid for the Frenchman, but the 23-year-old chose to go back ‘home’.
The Reds paid Juventus a whooping £100 million for Pogba, along with his agent’s fees, and saw it necessary to poke fun at Los Blancos for missing out on the midfielder, despite them supposedly having the upper hand with Champions League football to boast about.
Zidane, who was keen on signing the midfielder, was repeatedly asked about his thoughts on Pogba’s decision to join United over Real in his press-conference ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup game against Sevilla.
He replied to these questions saying: “I have no thoughts about it,” he said. “[Pogba] is a United player, and that’s it. I wish him the best.”
According to the Daily Star, United then taunted Real Madrid by confirming that the Spanish giants had made a second attempt to sign the 25-year-old De Gea, but had failed yet again in their pursuit.
De Gea has signed a new five-year contract with United, and is excited to be working under Mourinho ahead of the new season, which kicks off on Sunday, as United travel to Bournemouth for their first game of the season.