Paul Pogba will prove he is the £89million player Manchester United thought they signed if he is given a freer attacking role by caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That’s according to former Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher, who says the Frenchman’s Old Trafford career is not over.
Pogba was reportedly keen on leaving Manchester United after falling out with Jose Mourinho and becoming frustrated by the manager’s tactics.
But after the Portuguese’s sacking this week, Pogba could be given a new lease of life under United legend Solskjaer.
The Norwegian’s main task will be to inject belief and confidence back into a flailing team and start getting the best out of a number of under-performing star players – Pogba included.
And Fletcher, who coached the World Cup winner during a brief stint with the United reserve team before his move to Juventus, believes we will see a different Pogba if he is given freedom to express himself.
“When I was out ill I worked for six months with the reserves with Warren Joyce, and that’s what we did,” the Scot told Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“We gave him a free role. We said to him, go and play, get on the ball and make things happen.
“Obviously he worked hard as well, that was asked of him.
“But we didn’t play him as a central midfielder, somebody who was controlling the game, we played him higher up the pitch as a number ten, he could go left, he could go right.
“We let him be a free spirit and he was a match-winner.
“He could win games, he could create chances and he loved getting on the ball and trying things, but at least he was doing in the attacking third.
“So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he’s matured now and I’ve seen him do it for France, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it for Man United.”
Fletcher also gave an insight into former United team-mate Solskjaer and how the ‘baby-faced assassin’ can help save the Red Devils’ season.
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