The mood at breakfast at Clairefontaine would have been jovial after France won their opening game of the European Championship.
Widely regarded by most as the favourites for this summer’s tournament, France lived up their lofty billing and started in style against Germany on Tuesday night, delivering a strong performance at the Allianz Arena to win 1-0 on the host’s very own, home soil.
Although there were no signs of tension between France’s players on the pitch in Germany, reports have claimed Didier Deschamps is maintaining the peace between his players, interestingly devising a seating plan in the dining area to prevent cliques and unease.
Manchester United ‘s Paul Pogba, arguably the beating heart and soul of this France side, sits alongside Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele among others at one table, while the Reds’ centre-back target Raphael Varane sits at another with Antoine Griezmann.
Pogba and Varane might not be sitting together at the dining table in Clairefontaine this summer, but the pair are known to have a strong relationship away from the pitch and the Real Madrid star has previously claimed that he knows Pogba very well.
While the duo are attempting to win Euro 2020 after leading their nation to World Cup glory in Russia in 2018, United officials will be putting the foundations in place to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side with the hope of mounting a title challenge next term.
Pogba received the Man of the Match award against Germany and he sauntered around the pitch that night, showcasing his immense talent, exuding confidence and charisma, while providing his side with the inspiration they needed to hurt the Germans.
As shown with his best performances for the Reds this season, Pogba comes alive when playing further forward, and while Solskjaer holding talks over a positional change could encourage him to sign a new contract, the United boss has another ploy that he can use.
It’s quite simple, world-class players want to play with other world-class players and Pogba is certainly not an exception to that rule – Bruno Fernandes was a world-class arrival, but Varane needs to be the next and it could be the key to Pogba pledging his future.
When United’s players sit down for breakfast at Carrington in August, the prospect of Pogba, Varane and Fernandes sharing jokes as they prepare to head out for training is a thought to savour, but it shouldn’t be a dream, it needs to be made a reality.