Manchester United fans have heaped praise on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the way he has handled Paul Pogba amid uncertainty surrounding the midfielder’s future at the club.
United climbed to the top of the Premier League in January for the first time since 2013 on Tuesday as they beat Burnley 1-0 to move three points clear of Liverpool ahead of the two sides’ meeting on Sunday.
It was Pogba who broke the deadlock in the hard-fought affair with a volley that took a deflection on its way past Nick Pope.
That strike was the latest positive contribution Pogba has made since his agent, Mino Raiola, suggested that his client’s time at the club was over last month.
“I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba, at Manchester United,” Raiola said in an interview with Italian publication Tuttosport that was published on the eve of the crucial Champions League match against RB Leipzig.
“It is useless to go around it . Better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time looking for culprits: Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.”
However, since that interview Pogba has put in some of his best performances since he returned to the club in 2016, playing a major role in United’s ascendancy, and fans have credited Solskjaer for his handling of the situation.
Following the match, Solskjaer was full of praise for Pogba. He told Sky Sports: “We’re seeing the best of Paul I feel. He’s getting better and better every game. He’s been injured and had Covid. It’s just natural that he needed some time to get fit.
“I’ve always said Paul is a big, big player for us. He’s a big character in the dressing room, he’s always one the lads look to, he’s a world champion of course.”