BBC Sport pundit: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must keep Man United star happy

Mark Lawrenson underlines the importance of Man United keeping Paul Pogba on side

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Mark Lawrenson says it is vital Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps Paul Pogba “happy” to continue to get the best out of the Manchester United star.

The France international has been in sensational form since the former Norway striker took over the reins from Jose Mourinho in December.

Solskjaer’s predecessor had started to phase Pogba out of the first-team despite his obvious talent and huge price tag.

The current Manchester United manager has made the World Cup winner one of the key components of his team and Pogba has flourished in a more attacking role.

The 25-year-old has scored nine times and has made six assists since Solskjaer took charge of the 20-time English champions in mid-December.

Pogba will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form when Liverpool FC make the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson explained what Solskjaer must do to maintain Pogba’s current form.

“Paul Pogba was impressive again at Stamford Bridge and his improvement since Jose Mourinho was sacked is an example of how playing under a different manager can transform a player,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“It is true he should have been doing better under Mourinho, but it is perfectly obvious that Pogba needs loving to get the best out of him.

“He is such a good player that it is worth keeping him happy and when you have got someone as good as him playing well, it brings all the other players up to his level.”

Manchester United were 2-0 winners against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Pogba.

The France star was sent off in their 2-0 loss to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.

Pogba moved to Man United from Juventus in an £89m deal in 2016.

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