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Toure: Pogba needs ‘love’ to shine

Yaya Toure reckons Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s excellent recent form is down to the connection he feels with his new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba returned to Manchester United in a then world record £89 million deal from Juventus in the summer of 2016, although he has struggled to reproduce the sparkling form he showed in Turin on a consistent basis since his arrival back at Old Trafford.

France international Pogba had a strained relationship with former United boss Jose Mourinho and by the end of Portuguese coach’s reign, the World Cup winner found himself of the substitutes bench more often than not.

However, Pogba has been immense since Solskjaer’s appointment on a caretaker basis just before Christmas, netting four goals and providing four assists in five consecutive Premier League wins.

Former Manchester City midfielder Toure believes Pogba is the kind of player that needs to feel the ‘love’ of his manager to be at his very best.

“To be honest I think Paul now has more belief in his manager,” Toure told Sky Sports MNF.

“His manager has put him in the situation like he is the boss. ‘You have to deliver… you have to push the team forward.’

“He has the quality to do that because when you see the World Cup in Russia, it was a big example. We caught some clip of him talking to his team-mates in the dressing room, it was amazing.

“He’s the type of player who wants to have this connection with his manager, being trusted by him, telling him to push, feeling the love.

“That’s good for United, and good for the fans as well because this type of player always has to shine, show his quality. At the moment it is going very well.”

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