Here is Paul Pogba: after a first part of the season leaded by his tumultuous relationship with José Mourinho, the world champion is reborn for two games under the leadership of the new Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had already won two games.
Following a successful World Cup during which he asserted himself as a key leader of the tricolor collective, Paul Pogba was expected to perform greatly at during Premier League.
For a month, he surfs on his Russian success. Mourinho entrusts him the captain’s armband in the absence of the holder Antonio Valencia and praises his performances.
“Paul came back from the World Cup, and he was the last to arrive because he played in the final, but I think that happiness, confidence, self-esteem were the factors that drove him to play our game. first match against Leicester almost without training and he played a very good match, “says the Portuguese technician mid-September.
But a few days later, after a disappointing game against Wolverhampton (1-1), Pogba criticized Mourinho’s defensive play style, stating that MU must play “to attack”.
In response, Mou removes the vice-captain’s armband. According to the Times, Mourinho reportedly told the Frenchman that he “does not represent what a captain is and that Manchester is bigger than any player”.
The Portuguese then regularly leave the French international on the bench or in the stands and the British press wonders which of the two will leave the club first.
The leaders of MU end up showing the door to the “Special One” and replace it with a former glory of the club, the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
– “A boy from Manchester United” –
“If I coached Manchester United, I would build the team around him, no doubt,” the former Red Devils forward said in August.
A principle very quickly applied once installed on the bench.
For his second game as coach of MU on Wednesday, the technician Norwegian style of play forward puts La Pioche in the position of playmaker against Huddersfield (3-1).
Bet won: Pogba, very rarely used at this post by Mourinho, offers himself a double and regales Old Trafford with a more direct game in the direction of the attackers and a commitment without fault (19 duels).
Aligned midfielder the previous match for Solskjaer’s debut in Cardiff, the French international had already delivered two assists, while his record under Mourinho was only three goals and as many assists in … fourteen matches of Premier League this season.
“It’s the Paul I knew when he was on the reserve team and with the youngsters,” said Wednesday Solskjaer, who led the French in the United youth teams between 2010 and 2011 .
“Paul (Pogba) loves playing for this club, he’s a boy from Manchester United, a kid who knows what it means to play for ManU (…) He’s a better player, of course, and he’s a player I want to make the most of, “he added.
The Red Devils will need a big Pogba, if they want to fill the 8 points that still separate them from the 4th place synonymous with qualifying for the Champions League and to treat as equals with the Paris SG Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the round of 16 of the C1, in February-March.