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Manchester United are seeing ‘the best of Paul Pogba’, insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Paul Pogba has rediscovered his best form (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club are now seeing ‘the best of Paul Pogba’.

The Frenchman’s strike 20 minutes from time at Turf Moor took United three points clear at the top of the Premier League before Sunday’s trip to champions Liverpool.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed in early December that the Frenchman was unhappy at Old Trafford and advised United to sell the midfielder instead of allowing him to leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract in 2022.

While Solskjaer was furious at the timing of the comments, the discussion over Pogba’s future has somehow managed to improve the midfielder’s performances.

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Pogba was in and out of the side before Raiola’s comments but he’s become a mainstay since and his fine volley at Burnley was just another example of the good form he’s found over the last six weeks.

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Pogba struck the winner 20 minutes from time . (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Solskjaer believes the World Cup winner is a leader in the dressing room and says people are now seeing the ‘best’ that Pogba has to offer.

‘I’ve always said Paul is a big, big player for us,’ said Solskjaer.

‘He’s a good character in the dressing room, he’s always one that the lads look to, he’s a world champion of course and we’re seeing the best of Paul at the moment.

‘I feel he is getting better and better for every game. He’s been injured and he’s had COVID and it’s just natural that he needed some time to get fit.’

Solskjaer faces a selection dilemma over Pogba going into Sunday’s clash against Liverpool.

Fred and Scott McTominay are likely to start in a midfield two at Anfield, meaning Pogba’s best chances of starting would come on the left flank.

However, that would mean taking Marcus Rashford out of his preferred position to play on the right flank.

Liverpool are without the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, meaning United will likely want to test the Reds’ back four with as much pace as possible.

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