BBC Sport pundit praises ‘immense’ Man United midfielder

Garth Crooks admits that Paul Pogba's recent displays have forced him to reassess his view of the Man United midfielder

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba (Photo: The Sport Review)

Garth Crooks has singled out Paul Pogba for special praise following the midfielder’s strong performance in Manchester United’s goalless draw with Liverpool FC on Sunday.

Pogba appears to have been given a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian was brought in as Jose Mourinho’s successor at Old Trafford back in December.

The 25-year-old World Cup winner has been in great form recently and has scored 11 goals and made eight assists in 24 Premier League games so far this season.

He produced a solid display as Manchester United kept Liverpool FC at bay in Sunday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford.

And BBC Sport pundit Crooks has admitted that Pogba’s recent displays have forced him to reassess his view of the former Juventus midfielder.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “I am starting to become quite a fan of Paul Pogba.

“Yes, I know it’s a bit embarrassing for me, especially after the chasing I gave him all last season.

“But with World Cup success on his CV, and in particular since the departure of Jose Mourinho, Pogba has struck form that must rank him as one of the top five midfield players in the world.

“In a United side ravaged by first-half injuries, his performance was immense. This was Pogba playing for Manchester United in a way I hadn’t seen him before. He’s become a grown-up.”

Pogba will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Crystal Palace away from home on Wednesday night in the Premier League.

Manchester United currently find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League table and a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal as the race for Champions League qualification begins to hot up.

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