Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says Paul Pogba Is 1 of the World's Best in His Position

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2019

Manchester United's  Norwegian caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) celebrates their victory with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) on the pitch after the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 18, 2019. - Manchester United won the game 2-0. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called Paul Pogba one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. 

The France international continued his extraordinary run of form on Monday in the FA Cup, as he set up one goal and scored another in the Red Devils' 2-0 win over Chelsea. Since the arrival of Solskjaer in place of Jose Mourinho as manager in December, Pogba has been rejuvenated for the Red Devils.

Speaking about his star man after the game, the United boss said he doesn't think there are many better game-breaking midfielders than Pogba and praised the way the 25-year-old bounced back after his red card against Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, per Rob Dawson of ESPN FC:

"It was a great response, playing against one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with [N'Golo] Kante next to him.

"We know [Pogba] is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. He has vision, so the cross for Ander's goal was fantastic. Then the way he plays the ball out to Marcus [Rashford] and gets into the box for the second was fantastic, too."

The FA Cup's Twitter account posted highlights of the excellent United win:

The Emirates FA Cup @EmiratesFACup

ICYMI: @ManUtd beat @ChelseaFC to book their place in the #EmiratesFACup quarter finals 👇 https://t.co/vKay97nL81

Former United player Phil Neville also had high praise for the midfielder after the game, saying on BBC Sport that "right now, under him [Solskjaer], I don't see a better player in the Premier League than Pogba," per Jeorge Bird of MailOnline.

With Pogba in sensational form at the heart of midfield in recent weeks, fresh life has been breathed into the Red Devils' campaign.

While challenging for the Champions League is going to be tough after a 2-0 home loss to PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, United are in the final eight of the FA Cup and in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League. They sit in fourth, leading Arsenal and Chelsea by a point.

If Pogba continues to play with this sort of verve, you wouldn't back against United achieving both of those ambitions. The transformation in his productivity since Solskjaer took charge has been remarkable:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

14 - Since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took charge of Manchester United on December 19th 2018, the only Premier League player to have had a hand in more goals for his club side than Paul Pogba (14) is Son Heung-Min (16). Impact. #CHEMUN https://t.co/jVSKlukcD0

Sports writer Sam Pilger noted how differently Pogba has performed since the departure of Mourinho:

Sam Pilger @sampilger

Imagine failing to get the best out of such an obvious World Cup winning talent as Paul Pogba. If he has any pride it must really eat away at Jose Mourinho... #MUFC

The former Juventus man has been afforded the freedom he needs to flourish in the heart of the United midfield.

With Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera more defensively minded, Pogba can work into dangerous areas and pick up the ball. As he's shown consistently since Solskjaer took the helm, the playmaker can be a devastating prospect when he has time in the final third.

Footballer writer John Brewin noted Pogba is revealing new facets to his game:

John Brewin @JohnBrewin_

Is Pogba the best attacking header of the ball in the Premier League? That was like Ronaldo/Nat Lofthouse

It's hard to argue with Solskjaer's assessment of his star midfielder, with Pogba finally replicating the form he showcased regularly for Juventus.

The recent run has been the player's best in a United shirt, and now Pogba will be expected to shoulder a lot of responsibility in their charge for the FA Cup and top four. Solskjaer and his team's supporters would love to see another majestic 90 minutes when rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday.


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