Manchester United star Paul Pogba learning to swim aged 25 in bid to overcome fear of water

MANCHESTER UNITED powerhouse Paul Pogba is having swimming lessons aged 25, according to reports.

The France World Cup star has had a fear of water since childhood and has never picked up the front crawl or backstroke despite being pictured in a luxury pool.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba learning to swim aged 25 in bid to overcome fear of waterPaul Pogba/Instagram3 Paul Pogba enjoys a swimming pool but cannot swim yet

The Daily Star has learned the midfielder is taking regular lessons with United’s fitness staff and has already set himself a goal of swimming ten lengths by 2019.

A United insider said: “Paul realises he’s been putting off learning to swim for ages and ages, and the longer it goes on the harder it becomes.

“He realises he should have started as a kid when he was much younger, but he just kept delaying it.

“On holidays whenever he left his lounger it would just be to cool down and have a bit of a paddle. He wouldn’t let his head go under.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba learning to swim aged 25 in bid to overcome fear of waterGetty3 Paul Pogba is taking swimming lessons

“A few of his mates said he should have a word with the fitness guys about lessons because he would feel much better if he could overcome this fear, and he took their advice.

“He’s taking it really seriously and has set a personal target of ten lengths at breast-stroke.

“Although he gets a little bit anxious before he starts his workouts, he’s fine once he gets going.”

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The former Juventus man still wears tight-fitting goggles because he’s admitted to friends he panics when he gets water in his eyes.

Pog missed the Manchester derby defeat to City with an injury and was allowed on holiday during the international break.

While in Dubai he bumped into Lionel Messi at Salt Bae's Turkish steak house.

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