Manchester United manager Ole Gunna Solskjaer is looking to midfielder Paul Pogba when he returns to action in the Premier League to display the kind of leadership on the pitch that made him a World Cup winner with France.
Pogba has often struggled to recreate his national team form at club level and has been limited to five league starts for United this season due to ankle and foot injuries.
Speaking ahead of United’s league clash at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, Solskjaer said he hoped to get the 27-year-old firing on all cylinders again.
“He’s a World Cup winner and we want to have that leadership on the pitch as well,” Solskjaer told reporters.
“He has always had quality. He’s one of the best midfielders in the world, so hopefully we can get that going as soon as possible… gradually over the next few months we can work him up back to his best.
“Of course, Paul has had his difficult season this year with loads of injuries but I can see his mentality and focus now that he’s fit and training and available… he’s ready to play again and to prove himself.”
United are back in action for the first time since the league was suspended three months ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Their last Premier League match was against Manchester City, a game which they won.
The victory moved them to within three points of a place in the top four and extended their unbeaten run to 11 games, matching the run they went on after Solskjaer replaced current Spurs boss Jose Mourinho in December 2018.
They are fifth in the standings with 45 points.