Why Paul Pogba Named Manchester United’s Eric Bailly as Best Isolation Partner

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Paul Pogba has chosen his Manchester United teammate Eric Bailly as his best Isolation partner because he makes him laugh “all day long”.

Since mid-March, all Manchester United players have been self-isolating in their mansions in line with government lockdown order. The order was given to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

Like every other footballer in the Premier League, Paul Pogba has been engaging in individual training routines at home in order to keep fit amid the coronavirus crisis.

Paul Pogba says Baily Makes him Laugh all-day long

Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly

While speaking on United Podcast recently, the French international said if he must isolate with any of his teammates, that would be Manchester United defender Bailly.

He said though he always calls and chats with other footballers at the club, Bailly usually brings a different atmosphere when they are conversing.

“I spoke with Eric, I spoke with Andreas [Pereira], I spoke with Victor [Lindelof], I spoke with Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard]… we all talk, we send messages and stuff like this,” Pogba said.

“If I had to isolate with somebody? Eric Bailly, for sure. He will make me laugh all day long!”

How Pogba Spends His Lockdown days

The World Cup-winning footballer also went on to describe how he has been spending the lockdown period, noting how he has been keeping busy while also keeping healthy.

“I have a little home gym in my house,” Pogba said. ”I can do some training, some running, some bike, go outside and do some things with the ball. I am just keeping busy and keeping healthy.

“We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice. It is a period and we don’t know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop.

“And then we have to get back on the pitch, so we have to be ready. For myself, I have been out for a long time as well, so for me, I just want to come back playing football.”

Pogba first played for Manchester United between 2011 to 2012. He failed to impress the then coach of the club Sir Alex Ferguson which led to his move to Juventus. Less than 4 years after, he returned to Manchester United from Juventus for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million.

So far, the midfielder has won the League Cup and the Europa League with Manchester United, scoring 24 goals in 99 appearances in all competitions.