Paul Pogba has not played for Manchester United in the Premier League since his red card against Liverpool, but Owen Hargreaves insists Cristiano Ronaldo would benefit from the Frenchman
Ralf Rangnick has been told Paul Pogba could help to unleash Cristiano Ronaldo’s best form by former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
Pogba, 28, has not played for the Red Devils since the 2-2 draw with Atalanta at the start of November and he is not expected to return until the New Year due to a thigh injury.
The Frenchman’s last Premier League game was the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool in late October, when he received a straight red card just 15 minutes after coming off the bench at half-time.
Following a blistering, assist-laden start to the season, Pogba’s form drastically declined and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared unsure over his best position towards the end of his tenure as manager.
However, Hargreaves is confident Pogba could usurp one of Scott McTominay or Fred to give Ronaldo a creative outlet he could thrive off.
“If Pogba plays instead of, say, Fred or McTominay and United are playing in one half, then you’ve got another guy that can play a pass into Cristiano Ronaldo,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions after United’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
“So I thought they played okay, but Marcus (Rashford) was really quiet today, Bruno (Fernandes) was pretty quiet today.
“The full-backs were a big feature. The squad depth is amazing, it’s really, really good.
“So getting those guys, (Raphael) Varane and Pogba, into the side, United have easily one of the strongest teams in the Premier League, but they need to start playing like it. And I thought today was a decent step towards that.”