It has been great to watch Paul Pogba getting back to his best at Manchester United over the past few months.

There were a couple of minor hiccups in his performances late in the season as fatigue began to show, but you would expect that of a player who featured in 11 games during a six week spell, having not played at all in 2020 prior to this.

Pogba came off the bench as United beat LASK 2-1 last week and his mere presence on the pitch in a game the team did not need to win showed everything about his attitude, he wants to play games.

Manchester United v LASK - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
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The Frenchman has looked rejuvenated and appears comfortable with his situation at United.

Speaking via the club website, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Pogba has been doing extra training.

Solskjaer said: “I’ve answered numerous questions on Paul, and we’re delighted that he’s back playing. He’s fit, he’s enjoying his football. Of course, he’s got to make up for lost time, and he’s trying to do that.

“He’s training extra, he’s always a great personality in and around the place, and hopefully we can see him lift this trophy [like] he’s done before. He’s professional, he’s a fantastic boy, and I’m delighted that we’ve got him in the team
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Here to stay?

Solskjaer added, in quotes reported via Goal: “We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure.

 

“And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team. He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures, because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

The manager’s comments added to a growing feeling that Pogba will renew his contract at Manchester United this summer. It currently runs for another year, while United can extend this by a further 12 months.

The Sun reported three weeks ago that Pogba was close to signing a new five-year deal. There is nothing happening at present which suggests he is not heading in this direction.

Manchester United v LASK - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
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United’s qualification for the Champions League gives Pogba the platform he wants to shine on, and further quality additions of the Bruno Fernandes mould this summer will help demonstrate the team’s ambition.

Pogba is a leader, but it has been shown he can’t do it all on his own. Surround him with other top tier talent however, and he really shines and shows his quality.

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