Paul Pogba was among the Manchester United squad that trained at the WACA as their pre-season tour kicked off Down Under.
Pogba’s future at United is uncertain after he admitted earlier this summer that he could be ready for a ‘new challenge’ away from Old Trafford.
But on Tuesday he was part of the United contingent that trained at Perth’s famous cricket ground, where England and Australia have shared many Ashes battles over the years.
New boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, signed from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively, were also pictured training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
United will spend time in Australia, China and Singapore as they build up to the new season, which begins next month.
Solskjaer’s side face Perth Glory on Saturday before playing Leeds four days later. Ahead of the new Premier League campaign, they will also take on Inter, Spurs, Kristiansund and AC Milan.
The future of Pogba looks set to dominate their preparations. Three years after returning to Old Trafford in a then world-record deal, the 26-year-old is under the spotlight as talk grows around a summer exit.
Pogba admitted last month that this ‘could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else’ – comments compounded by his agent Mino Raiola saying that he was ‘in the process’ of arranging a move for the midfielder.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and former club Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the World Cup winner, who was the focus of the cameras during United’s first session since arriving in Australia.
Solskjaer’s men arrived in Perth on Monday and went on a walkaround, where footage of a supposed argument between Pogba and Jesse Lingard caused ripples.
On a video posted to the club’s official Twitter account, the duo were seen walking alongside one another before Lingard threw his hands in the air in an apparent gesture of annoyance towards Pogba.
The Frenchman appeared unhappy at Lingard and turned towards the Englishman before defender Victor Lindelof stepped in and put his arms around Pogba to stop the situation from boiling over.
But the pair worked alongside one another as United’s first session in Australia got under way at the WACA on Tuesday, when new boys Wan-Bissaka and James formed part of the group.
Romelu Lukaku also took part in training, with Inter Milan circling around a player that, much like Pogba, appears keen to leave Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has plenty of questions to answer regarding his squad when he faces the media for the first time in a press conference on Wednesday.