Paul Pogba at his best is a joy to watch. He was outstanding against Portugal on Wednesday night in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Pogba’s range of passing was in full effect, playing direct through balls slicing open Portugal’s defence, while also managing to complete 97 per cent of his passes in total.

The Frenchman had more touches and more chances created than any player on the pitch, and unsurprisingly there was an outpouring of admiration for the midfielder from Manchester United supporters.

Over the years we have seen Pogba at his best, although not consistently enough. We have also seen his worst side, and seeing him hit majestic heights at a major tournament is a reminder of what a special player he is.

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Praise for Pogba

Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Pogba’s performance…

What can United do for Pogba?

Pogba is showing at Euro 2020 what a great player he is. Hopefully he can maintain this during the knockout phases.

The challenge for United is firstly to renew Pogba’s contract. It could take a substantial pay increase for him to put pen to paper on a new deal.

 

If he does not sign, then United would sadly have to consider selling him as much as they don’t want to. Losing him on a free transfer would be a disaster, and this tournament could pump up his price tag.

Keeping Pogba while letting his contract run down would be an unstable situation. It is hard for fans to really buy in with support of a player who won’t commit. But it is not just on him. United have to help him out, and give him reason to want to stay.

On the pitch United can help Pogba, by moving to sign a younger, more dynamic replacement for Nemanja Matic, who took a big step back last season.

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Pogba thrives next to Ngolo Kante for France and a top defensive midfielder is a huge priority for United, whether Pogba stays or not.

A smart move for a defensive midfielder would allow Pogba to reproduce his France performance for United on a more consistent basis.

If United do this early on in the transfer window, it could influence Pogba’s decision to sign a new deal. If United won’t put him in the best position to succeed, then can you really blame him if he chooses to walk away?

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