Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has checked in with his compatriot Antoine Griezmann ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League first-leg.
The Reds travel to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first half of the last-16 tie against Diego Simeone’s side.
That means that Pogba and Raphael Varane will be coming up against fellow World Cup winner Griezmann.
Griezmann has been struggling with a muscle injury which he initially picked up in the Madrid derby back in December before suffering a relapse last month.
The 30-year-old was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Osasuna. Griezmann did participate in training on Sunday and is available for selection against United, AS report.
Ahead of Wednesday’s showdown, Pogba and Griezmann, who both scored in the 2018 World Cup final, have spoken to one and other via a video call.
Pogba shared a screenshot of the pair speaking to one and other on his Instagram profile.
Both players were full of smiles, but it will be interesting to see who comes away from Wednesday’s first-leg in the driving seat.
After missing the last two Champions League group games through injury himself, Pogba will be hoping to earn a place in Ralf Rangnick’s starting line-up against Simeone’s side.
Unless the German decides to change the formation, the interim boss is likely going to have to choose between Pogba and Fred for a spot alongside Scott McTominay in the heart of United’s midfield.
Considering Griezmann hasn’t played any football since January, it’s hard to envisage his involvement being anything more than a cameo role off the bench.
Thomas Lemar who also lifted the trophy with Les Bleus is a doubt for the reigning La Liga champions.
AS report Lemar is ‘doubtful’ after missing Saturday’s win over Osasuna and he also missed Sunday’s training session.