Pundit: I’ve had to change my mind about Paul Pogba and Man United

Garth Crooks admits that he has been very impressed by Paul Pogba's displays for Manchester United of late

Garth Crooks has admitted that he has been very impressed by Paul Pogba’s performances for Manchester United in recent weeks.

The 23-year-old had initially struggled to find his feet at Old Trafford following his summer transfer back to the club from Juventus for a world-record fee.

However, the midfielder has now begun to show glimpses as to why Manchester United were prepared to part with so much money to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Crooks admits that he has had to revise his prediction of tipping Manchester United to win the title this season, with the Red Devils now 13 points off the pace.

However, the pundit says that Pogba’s upturn in form in recent weeks shows that he could be the man to lead the Red Devils to the title in the seasons to come.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “I have now come clean and stated that I have changed my mind about who will win the title. I originally put my faith in Jose Mourinho and got caught in the hype around Paul Pogba without realising that not even these two geniuses could turn Manchester United into the force they once were overnight. That said, United are starting to look good and so is Pogba.

“Against an outclassed Sunderland he was commanding. I must also admit that I have been a little hard on the young man and focused a little too much on the fee and not on the emerging talent.

“Pogba is only 23 and while I don’t see a Bryan Robson or a Roy Keane (yet) there is still time.

“What I do see, however, is a player coming to terms with the stage. We have lost some artistic giants in 2016: David Bowie, Alan Rickman and George Michael. All great performers who filled the stage with their presence.

“If Paul Pogba can do the same at Old Trafford then my prediction may only be out by just one season.”

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Pogba will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils host Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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