Manchester United legend Phil Neville has said that the Red Devils look a better unit when Paul Pogba is present in the midfield ranks. The France international returned for the League Cup quarter-final against Bristol City in midweek after he served a three-man ban for a sending-off earlier this month.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville stressed the importance of Pogba in the starting lineup, and feels the Frenchman not only makes United more enjoyable to watch, but he brings the best out of the likes of Romelu Lukaku through his link-up play.
He said: “When I see Manchester United without Paul Pogba I see a team which goes from one who can swat away teams by three or four goals to one that’s workmanlike. Pogba is a leader in what he does. He makes United more enjoyable to watch and he frees up the attacking players with his understanding with Lukaku, Lingard, Martial and Rashford.”
In the absence of Pogba, United lost further ground on leaders Manchester City with a 2-1 derby defeat, and this sees them 11 points adrift of the top of the table. Nevertheless, United should be optimistic about their chances of reducing the deficit as they haven’t lost any of their last 41 Premier League games, which Pogba has featured in, a run which began in October 2016.