BBC Sport pundit makes Man United prediction about Paul Pogba
Danny Murphy expects Paul Pogba to remain at Manchester United in the long term to establish himself as a club legend
Danny Murphy believes Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United beyond the summer.
The France international’s future was a source of speculation following a difficult start to the season under Jose Mourinho.
The former Chelsea FC manager looked to faze the club record signing out of the first-team to fuel talk of Pogba leaving the 20-time English champions.
However, the World Cup winner has enjoyed a resurgence at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as the interim manager.
The Norwegian coach has managed to get the best out of the 25-year-old over the past two months or so.
Pogba scored nine goals and made six assists in 12 games ahead of Manchester United’s home clash against Liverpool FC on Sunday.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder and BBC Sport pundit Murphy admitted that he has been impressed with Pogba’s performances under Solskjaer.
“I think Paul Pogba has always been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s showing unbelievable form since the shackles have come off,” Murphy told Sportingbet.
“His ability has always been unquestionable. He is technically superb, he’s strong, he’s quick, he can score a goal and he can see a pass.
“We’re now seeing a player who is capable of winning matches on his own because he no longer fears repercussions or the wrath of his manager. He’s now encouraged to try be great rather than punished for it.”
Murphy added that he expects Pogba to remain at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window, especially if Solskjaer remains in charge.
“I think Pogba would have likely left Manchester United this summer if Mourinho was still in charge, but I don’t see that happening if Solskjaer is there,” Murphy added.
“Pogba might still wait until the summer to see who the next appointment will be before making a decision, but I think he is really enjoying himself at Old Trafford at the moment.
“Pogba knows he could go on to become a legend at the club and that’s enough motivation for him to ignore advances from La Liga and fulfil his potential as one of the best players in the world.”
Pogba moved to Juventus from Manchester United in an £800,000 deal in 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson failed to guarantee the French talent regular first-team football.
The France international won four successive Serie A titles before he completed a return to Manchester United in a club record £89m deal.
Pogba has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his switch back to the 20-time English champions.
Manchester United are in the FA Cup quarter-finals following a 2-0 win over Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last week.