Phil Neville claims that Paul Pogba might be the key to Manchester United challenging champions-elect Liverpool and Manchester City.
Pogba is back to full fitness and is likely to be on the bench for Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham on Friday night.
He appears to be stuck at Manchester United as suitors are unlikely to pay £80m-plus for any footballer in the current climate.
That might work out to Manchester United’s advantage, with Neville one player who believes the Frenchman will be key to United challenging for a Premier League title again.
Amid questions about whether Pogba can dovetail with Bruno Fernandes, Neville told Premier League Productions:
“I think they can play together. I think Pogba has got the ability to play a little bit deeper or a little bit higher, and he can go box-to-box.
“I think they’ve got the players now where Pogba can fit in.
“It’s easy for people to say ‘get rid of Pogba’, but actually, have they built a team around him yet that enables him to perform?
“The criticism he gets… United lose and it’s Pogba’s fault, United win but Pogba doesn’t play well and it’s Pogba’s fault. Maybe now with Fernandes, it takes a bit of that pressure away, and you might see [an improvement].
“Pogba playing well will give Man Utd a better chance of winning the Premier League.
“When I see United playing well with Pogba in the team I think he’s world-class.
“He’s won the World Cup, he knows how to win.
“With Pogba in the team playing well, it gives United a good chance of challenging Liverpool and Man City.”