Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Paul Pogba can lead Manchester United to 'great things', says Anthony Martial

Paul Pogba can lead Manchester United to 'great things', says Anthony Martial

The North-West giants were well off the pace when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but United are now arguably favourites to earn a place in next season's Champions League.

Furthermore, United's squad clearly appear to be enjoying their football under Solskjaer, who, with every passing game, is proving that his lack of experience as manager might not matter as the Red Devils are yet to lose a game under his watch.

The youngster has propelled himself to the position of first choice No.9 with a series of delightful displays since Solskjaer arrived.

The visit was mooted as a gesture of goodwill when United made an agreement to loan Solskjaer for the rest of the season, with the fixture against PSG or the upcoming Premier League home match against Liverpool earmarked as potential glamour ties.

The calming and edifying presence of Solskjaer has worked wonders for a kid who, under Mourinho, looked petrified in the box a lot of the time, clearly conscious of the retribution in store for him from his former manager.

The hero of the 1999 UEFA Champions League final has turned Manchester United's fortunes into the good and has brought back the glory days at Old Trafford.

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Paul Pogba is the most obvious case, the France midfielder struggling badly under Mourinho but quickly showing his class in United's revival.

This means Alexis Sanchez will once again get a start and Juan Mata might come into the side in place of Jesse Lingard.

Having netted the victor in United's 1-0 victory at Leicester last weekend, Rashford has now scored in six of his side's eight league games under Solskjaer.

"Marcus and me have been setting targets for each other to challenge ourselves", Lingard said.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane were the bookmakers' top contenders following Mourinho's exit. "He shows the players are with him".

Do you agree that Paul Ince could never have done the tremendous job that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done at Manchester United? "His career's open, and I wish him all the best".

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