Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is in a class of his own in world football when it comes to attacking midfielders, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The World Cup-winning French midfielder who is the club’s record signing has been in scintillating form since the appointment of Solskjaer.
Pogba endured a difficult spell under Jose Mourinho, but the Norwegian manager is ready to unleash a rejuvenated Pogba against arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
When it was mentioned that Pogba was an unused substitute in the first match against Liverpool this season (a 3-1 United defeat), a smiling Solskjaer told Sky: “He will play now!
“He is a top top player that I have always liked, since I saw him play as a kid.
“He is a World Cup winner, he is a leader in the dressing room, on the pitch as well. He wants the ball all the time.
“My idea was to get him playing to the best of his abilities. I thought, ‘he is an attacking midfielder’.
“You saw PSG man-marked him (in the Champions League), other teams probably will.
Solskjaer hinted that it would be to their advantage if Klopp’s men apply the same tactics employed by the French Champions.
“I don’t know if Liverpool will. If they do, it may leave space for others – we need to be ready for that.”
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"He's a top player that I've liked ever since I saw him as a kid. He's a World Cup winner, he's a leader in the dressing room and on the pitch, and he wants the ball all the time." #MUFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/7uP78EggWC
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Asked how Pogba compares to other players of his type, Solskjaer added: “There are different types of midfielders but, in his mould, I don’t think there is anyone near – with his physical presence, he can score goals, his close technique.
“He can also spray passes when he is sitting in midfield – I don’t think that is his best position, but he can do that as well.”
United will be hoping to cement their grip on the Champions League spot with a win, while Klopp’s men will go all out for a win to keep their title hopes alive.