Phil Neville: How Paul Pogba changes games for Man United

The Man United legend explains how Paul Pogba changes games for Jose Mourinho

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba is proving the big difference in Manchester United’s biggest games.

The France international scored two goals and made two assists in his opening four Premier League appearances in the 2017-18 season to make a brilliant start to the new campaign.

However, Pogba suffered a serious hamstring problem to rule him out until early November.

Manchester United struggled in the 25-year-old’s absence as the Red Devils drew 0-0 with Liverpool FC before a 1-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Chelsea.

Indeed, Romelu Lukaku struggled to trouble the Chelsea and Liverpool defence in the absence of Manchester United playmaker Pogba.

The 25-year-old returned to the Manchester United team for their 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford last month.

Pogba made two assists in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal before he received a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Hector Bellerin.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Pogba is the big difference between the Red Devils’ performances against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“Pogba is a big miss. Man United were poor at Chelsea and Liverpool away,” Neville told Newstalk.

“You think of Arsenal away and all of a sudden Man United played with more swagger. I think that’s Paul Pogba. He has the ability to play with the confidence and character you need in big games.”

Pogba sealed a £75m move to Manchester United from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.

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