Gary Neville identified Paul Pogba change for Man Utd two months ago

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Paul Pogba was handed another start for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final against rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Frenchman has improved since being given a new role at left wing, moving from central midfield.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says he noticed a change about Paul Pogba two months ago.

The Frenchman, who is still loosely being linked with an exit either in January or next summer, has become a regular again for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent weeks, and was handed another start in the Carabao Cup semi-final against rivals Manchester City.

Pogba now plays out wide on the left though, with Marcus Rashford moved over to the left wing.

And Neville admits that he thinks that is because Solskjaer does not trust him in the deeper role like he does with the likes of Sctt McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic.

He told Sky Sports: “I have to say that it became evident probably two months ago that if Paul Pogba was going to play a lot of games for Manchester United this season he was going to have to play wide on the left.

“Because the three in midfield…Ole really only trusts McTominay, Fred, Matic. Two sitting and he trusts Bruno in front.

“So Paul Pogba is only going to play in that one in front. I think in the big games he’s always going to play two of those defensive ones, so he had to be on the left.

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“And it started out a little bit scabby on that left hand side but he’s now starting to get a bit of freedom. And I like him when he’s in and around the 18-yard-box, he impacts matches and I think tonight he can become a massive player for United this season.”

Meanwhile, fellow Old Trafford legend and pundit Roy Keane admitted that he thinks Pogba has improved in his new role, but insists he must keep focussed to show his full potential.

“He’s done a little bit better over the last few games as you’d expect,” said the Irishman. “He’s contributed.

“Again, when Pogba plays he’s got a bit more freedom when Fred and McTominay are behind him. He can get forward obviously.

“We’ve never really questioned Pogba’s talent. What we’ve always said. He’s had niggling injuries, talking about wanting to leave the club, obviously his agent says a lot.

“But when he’s focused on the game he knows the game. But we just haven’t see it week in week out and he’s contributed a bit more recently with the penalty against Villa.

“He had one or two chances that he probably should have scored. Again a very important night for Pogba.”

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