Paul Pogba told to ‘prove himself’ as Man Utd leader before being welcomed back – Latest News

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While the top flight campaign has been on hold since March due to the pandemic, Pogba has found himself in hibernation even longer due to a long standing ankle problem.

French flop Pogba will be hoping to put his nightmare season behind him when United resume their campaign following the Covid-19 lockdown with a crunch clash at Tottenham.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has addressed Paul Pogba’s return ahead of Friday’s showdown with Tottenham and what he wants from the French midfielder

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has regularly defended Paul Pogba

The Frenchman needs to prove himself upon his return to action at Old Trafford

Paul Pogba hasn’t played for Manchester United since Boxing Day but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes we will see the best of the Frenchman soon

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His absence has been played out against a backdrop of more speculation that he still wants to quit Old Trafford in this summer’s transfer window, with Real Madrid and Juventus waiting in the wings to sign him.

Paul Pogba has been ordered to show his leadership and stamp his mark on the Manchester United side once and for all.

The World Cup winner has made just eight appearances, with his last one being as a substitute on Boxing Day. He hasn’t started a game since the visit of Arsenal in September.

Welcoming Pogba back with open arms after such a long spell out would be indulgent of Solskjaer, who has made it clear to his most high-profile star that he needs to prove himself as a leader of men – like Marcus Rashford has done in recent months.

Pogba, 27, is back to full fitness again and desperate to start against Jose Mourinho’s men, but might have to settle for a place on the bench as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps faith with the likes of Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

While being stuck on the sidelines, Pogba has seen Bruno Fernandes join United in a £67.3m deal from Sporting Lisbon and make a stunning impact in midfield.

Solskjaer said: “I want the same from Paul as from all the others – that we give our best.

Solskjaer is confident United fans will get to see the best of Pogba, however long he remains at United, and he said: “Yeah, I really hope and believe.

“Gradually over these next few months we can work him up back to his best. Paul has had a very good career. He is a world Cup winner, but we want to have that leadership on the pitch as well.”

“Paul is one of the best midfielders in the world, so we expect him to gradually improve as he gets more and more game time. I don’t know if it’s 45 minutes this time, or is it 60?

“Of course, Paul has had his difficult season this year with loads of injuries, but I can see his mentality and focus now that he is fit and training and available.

“He is ready to play again and to prove… he has always had quality, Paul. He is one of the best midfielders in the world, so hopefully we can get that going as soon as possible.”

United had been on an unbeaten run of 11 games and showing signs of genuine progress under Solskjaer, before the season was suspended.

Their first ambition is to overtake Chelsea above them in the table to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.

The Frenchman has been criticised by the Sky Sports pundit throughout his time at Old Trafford

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