Vidic: Pogba can become the world’s best player

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Paul Pogba of Manchester United is chased by Ross Barkley and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes Paul Pogba has the potential within him to become the world’s best player.

After impressing greatly during a four-year spell at Juventus, Pogba turned down interest from Real Madrid in favour of a return to United in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record fee of €105m.

But the French midfielder struggled to consistently produce the kind of performances that justified his price tag with his deteriorating relationship with manager Jose Mourinho reaching a breaking point in September during a tense training ground exchange before the Portuguese was sacked in December.

Since then, Pogba has returned to his very best form under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his nine goals and six assists in 12 appearances helping United reach the top-four in the Premier League and progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

But Vidic, who himself would love to follow in Solskjaer’s footsteps one day, believes the 25-year-old is capable of even more.

“I think even when I was playing at a club, what you want from your leaders is you want them to be an example,” Vidic told SportsMax.

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“You don’t want them to talk – sometimes yes, to be encouraging towards the players – but you want them to be an example. I think Paul is a great player, has a great talent and he’s showed how good he is.

“But if he starts running and doing things he does I think he can even maybe aim for other things – individual awards and maybe get even to be the best player in the world.”

Vidic is a former defender who made 300 appearances for United across all competitions.

He won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League in his nine-year stay at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will be back in action on Sunday at Old Trafford, where they will host Liverpool in a Premier League match.


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