Paul Pogba has been a different player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the midfielder scoring 4 goals and providing three assists in just three games under the Norwegian.
Solskjaer hailed Pogba’s all-round performance in the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth. According to Solskjaer, Pogba and the rest of his teammates have been improved under him because they have been allowed to express themselves.
Pogba is now Manchester United’s joint-top scorer with nine goals, level with Anthony Martial.
“That today is a top, top performance for a midfielder,” Solskjaer said. “Because it’s all-round. It’s work-rate, he’s dangerous in the box, he wins headers, wins tackles, and there’s no showboating. It’s touch, pass, move and he plays the efficient game.
“And Paul knows he’s at his best when he plays that game and there was maybe one flick that he missed halfway through the second-half that he could have done better with but not a lot else he could have done.
“As I’ve said to all the players, we want to see the best out of them, we want to see them enjoy themselves and express themselves within the framework and how we want the team to play and all of them really performed up to the top standards.”
Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Craig Bellamy hailed the performance of Pogba against Bournemouth and have challenged the midfielder to show his current form in the bigger games.
“His critics will say he’s done it at Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth,” Redknapp said.
“He’s got to go and do it against Tottenham now at Wembley, that’s the benchmark. He was criticised and blamed for the manager going but it proves it wasn’t just him there were a number of players who were letting themselves and the club down but now that’s gone so it will be interesting to see where they can go now.”
“His game was so good today and he deserves the criticism,” Redknapp added.
“When he’s at his worst he’s like a caricature of himself, but today he was at his best and he was phenomenal.”
Solskjaer has played Pogba further up the pitch and Craig Bellamy believes he is now in areas where he is at his most effective.
“I have been very critical of him in the past,” Bellamy said on Sky Sports.
“You see that performance today and he is outstanding. You can’t criticise his ability as a footballer. He has all the attributes to be a fantastic player but I want him doing it in the right areas and today he was breath-taking.”