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The United squad returned for pre-season training at Carrington last week before jetting out from Manchester Airport on Sunday.
However, Pogba missed the first week back at work after being given an extended holiday following his exertions on international duty with France.
The World Cup winner enjoyed a lengthy trip to the Far East and the United States, carrying out several promotional events as rumours of an Old Trafford exit gathered pace.
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus and a move to Real Madrid this summer, while United officials were reportedly concerned the 26-year-old would not report back to the club on time.
However, Pogba and nearly all of his team-mates were present and correct at Carrington on Sunday, with just Alexis Sanchez absent due to his Copa America commitments while Fred and Matteo Darmian have not travelled due to family reasons.
Pogba raised eyebrows by being the only player not wearing a Manchester United club blazer upon departure from the UK, while he was not giving anything away with his expression upon arrival in Australia.
The Red Devils are using Crown Towers in Perth as their initial base Down Under and were greeted by a legion of excited fans at the hotel – so here’s what we noticed as United arrived.
Manchester United have touched down in Australia for the first leg of their pre-season tour
Paul Pogba cut a relaxed figure as he strolled through the lobby of Crown Towers in Perth
Pogba the star of the show
The United midfielder’s future has been the biggest story this summer, with several European giants expressing an interest in signing Pogba.
The maverick star was stony-faced as he made his way through the hotel lobby, despite a crowd of excitable fans clamouring for a selfie.
Pogba stopped to sign a couple of shirts but kept his sunglasses and headphones on, while he was still without his club blazer and kept things casual with a pair of white trainers.
It remains to be seen what state the Frenchman’s relationship with Solskjaer is in, so fans will be looking at pre-season team selection carefully for a clue about the 26-year-old’s future.
The World Cup winner stopped to sign autographs but kept his sunglasses and headphones on
Wan-Bissaka making a good impression
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has finally linked up with the United squad after protracted negotiations threatened to block his switch from Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils eventually shelled out £45million, rising to £50m for the 21-year-old.
Wan-Bissaka will wear the No 29 shirt at Old Trafford and was spotted carrying a personalised backpack as he made his way off the plane in Perth.
Unlike Pogba, Wan-Bissaka was looking smart in his club blazer and suit shoes as he embarked on his first pre-season tour with United and is obviously keen to make a good impression.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was looking smart as he stepped off the plane
Bailly on the road to recovery
Fans will be delighted to see Eric Bailly back with the squad after being ruled out for the end of last season with a nasty knee injury.
Bailly suffered a medical ligament injury against Chelsea in April, with the issue ruling him out of Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.
But the central defender is back in training and was seen disembarking the plane looking relaxed ahead of his return to action.
Eric Bailly is returning from a serious knee injury
Solskjaer opts for youth
Solskjaer has taken a very young squad on tour this season, with a host of youth academy graduates included in the travelling party.
Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes were all seen getting off the plane and arriving at the hotel this morning.
Axel Tuanzebe has also made the cut as Solskjaer looks to give some of United’s youth talent a chance to push their way into the first team ahead of the new campaign.
However, Dean Henderson has not travelled and is currently on holiday as negotiations continue over a loan move to Sheffield United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken a young squad on the pre-season tour
Mason Greenwood is one of several youth academy graduates in the travelling party
Fans go mad for the Red Devils
Manchester United is arguably the most recognisable football club in the world, with supporters hailing from all over the planet.
Australia is no different, with a host of excited fans greeting the team as they arrived at their Perth base.
One Red Devils fanatic had a sign reading “Eat. Sleep. Support United.” while others clutched flags and shirts in the hope of getting a signature.
The players will have to get used to such attention, with the club’s Far East fanbase set to turn out in force when United arrive in China and Singapore.
An enthusiastic crowd greeted the squad as they arrived in Perth