Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba as ‘the best all-round midfielder in the world’ following his return from injury.
The France international has endured an injury-interrupted start to the season and has featured just seven times in all competitions, though made his return from an ankle injury as a substitute during Manchester United‘s 2-0 defeat at Watford last weekend.
Pogba is in contention to make his first start since September during the festive period, and Solskjaer says the World Cup winner’s return is a huge boost to his side’s plans, hailing the 26-year-old’s ability to play in any midfield role.
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Watford:
90% pass accuracy
2 passes into the box
2/2 shots on target
2 ball recoveries
2/2 long balls
1 through ball
1 key pass
Man Utd took 10 shots in the 26 minutes he played and 7 in the 64 he didn’t. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/UWdnQkaHx6
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 22, 2019
Asked whether Pogba will start against Newcastle on Boxing Day, Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference: “Let’s see how he reacts, how he feels. He did really well when he came on, a big plus.
“It might be that we do get him in from the start because you just want to get more and more into the team when he plays.
“He can play anywhere, he can play the whole midfield, he is a box-to-box midfielder. He can drop deep, get it and play them long passes. He can get higher up and combine like he did on Sunday.
“It depends on the game. That’s the beauty of having Paul because he is the best all-round midfielder in the world, he can do all the roles. It’s great to have him back”