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Lingard: Solskjaer has given Pogba a ‘licence to be free.’

Jesse Lingard says Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Paul Pogba a ‘licence to be free’ after the midfielder’s upturn in form.

The 25-year-old was frozen out by former manager Jose Mourinho, but has flourished since Solskjaer’s appointment scoring four goals in three games under the Norwegian.

Pogba signed for Manchester United for a club-record fee from Juventus in 2016 but endured a difficult relationship with Mourinho, and Lingard has admitted Solskjaer’s ‘confidence’ in Pogba has been a big factor in the Frenchman returning to form.

“Paul’s enjoying his football.’’ Lingard told manutd.com.

“He’s playing in the role he likes to play in, just inside off the left. He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.

“Ole has helped him 100 per cent. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free and play his game and do what we know he can do.

“I can definitely, definitely see the Paul I used to know. I have seen him playing through the ranks and he is back to that player, the player we know.”

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