Gary Neville changes tune on "match winner" Paul Pogba after recent Man Utd form
Manchester United hero Gary Neville has changed his tune on Paul Pogba after criticising the Frenchman earlier this season, describing the midfielder as a “match-winner”.
Pogba has endured a stop-start season, having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the campaign.
His poor form towards the start of the campaign matched up with United’s in general, as the Red Devils got off to a torrid opening few games and crashed out of the Champions League.
Pogba was tipped to leave earlier in the season after his agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his time at Old Trafford was over.
Those comments, which came on the eve of United’s game against Leipzig that saw them dumped out of the Champions League, prompted Neville to criticise the super-agent and Pogba for the timing.
He wrote on Twitter : “Raiola – It’s happened many times before . However surely Paul knew he was making this announcement? If he wasn’t aware then we should see a quote from him very soon correcting his agent. Finally to do this ahead of Leipzig and the Man Derby is terrible timing for the Team.”
But Pogba has enjoyed a renaissance in the middle of the park for United in recent weeks, with Solskjaer guiding his side to second in the Premier League table.
And Neville is enjoying seeing the midfielder in full flow, as he hailed the 27-year-old as being one of the match-winners in Solskjaer’s squad.
Pogba won a penalty in the second-half against Aston Villa on Saturday which Bruno Fernandes tucked away to seal all three points for United.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville was full of praise for the Frenchman for the way he’s turned things around.
He said: "What Manchester United have is a lot of match-winners – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford… Game-changers.
"They do it in moments, and they don't always have to be playing well when you have those players on the pitch.
"The performances are getting better, it's a work in progress, it's not by any stretch the finished article. At times in games they mesmerise you for 10 minutes, and then can turn into a nightmare for 10 minutes. But there's confidence building, something is growing, there's a spirit at the end of the game with the players celebrating was nice to see.”
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