Man Utd have ‘unlocked’ the key to title glory – Ferdinand

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2021 9:14 - Joe Williams

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “unlocked” the key to title glory in the form of Paul Pogba, according to former Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand.

The France international has been on top of his game in recent weeks, helping the Red Devils to the summit of the Premier League into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

In his last four appearances he has contributed two goals and two man-of-the-match performances to help high-flying Man Utd.

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And Ferdinand thinks that his former club Man Utd “can win the league if he continues in this form”.

“At the end of the day, it’s taken him [Solskjaer] a while to work out the midfield and who he likes in there,” Ferdinand told Five.

“[Scott] McTominay is obviously a mainstay now and Paul Pogba, who has been a conundrum for every manager that’s been there so far – Ole seems to have unlocked something within Paul Pogba. He’s been getting the best out of him in the last month, six weeks now and he’s starting to produce the goods on a regular basis.

“You can see what a player he is. All anyone has been asking for Paul Pogba is consistency, consistency of performance and now we’re getting it and we’re seeing the fruits of it. It’s great.

“I think he showed yesterday his experience. We forget this guy has played on the biggest stage, won the World Cup, played for Juventus – one of the biggest teams in Italy.


“He’s not someone who’s just come in out of the blue who doesn’t understand big game scenarios. Liverpool vs Manchester United is one of the biggest games in the fixture list. He understands that. What I’ve wanted personally from Paul Pogba which I think has been missing from him on a regular basis is playing the ball quick.

“All the bad clips you saw of Paul Pogba or the bad performances all revolved around taking too many touches and inviting tackles and inviting pressure.

“Whereas now, people aren’t getting close to him. And that’s the Paul Pogba I’ve known as a kid. Get the ball, play quick and when it has to get physical he can deal with it because he’s big enough and he’s quick enough to get out of it and he’s got a trick.

“So add that to being able to play one-touch, two-touch, three-touch before anyone comes, he looks an absolute world beater. If he maintains this, I feel – I’ll go out there early and say Man United can win the league if he continues in this form because he’s that important to this Manchester United.”


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