‘Pogba isn’t a standard Premier League player, he’s world class’ – Manchester United midfielder saluted by Owen
Paul Pogba's cameo for Manchester United against Tottenham has shown that he is "world class" and far more than a "standard Premier League player," says Michael Owen.
Since his return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, questions have been asked regularly whether the French international deserves a reputation in the global elite.
He never doubted his ability. The 27-year-old is a World Cup winner and has a talismanic presence for his country. However, consistency has proven to be a club-level problem, while fitness issues further hampered its progress in the 2019-20 season.
Spurs returned in style, however, when Pogba kicked off the bench in north London to win the penalty that allowed United to score a 1-1 draw.
His fast feet in the box lured Eric Dier into an awkward challenge and gave Bruno Fernandes the opportunity to convert from the spot, while there were also flashes of strength and reach for which he is famous.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that a player with many doubters can win much more. United wants Pogba to flourish alongside Portuguese international Fernandes.
Owen is one of those who expect good things from this partnership, and much encouragement is received from their first competitive outing together. Pogba has to prove that he deserves a key role in Solskjaer's plans. His campaign against Tottenham shows that he can be a Premier League superstar if he is fit and shoots all cylinders.
United's former striker Owen told Premier League Productions about a man who continues to share the view: “These players are the difference. It's the difference between just one Premier League player and someone we all talk about all the time.
“The [Pogba wins a penalty] is just a moment of brilliance when the game is difficult and Tottenham gets 11 men behind the ball.
"You need something extraordinary, and Paul Pogba has it all. The little flicker and that's it.
"If he hadn't been, they would have been beaten 1-0. It's a brilliant game. It's the difference between standard Premier League players and world-class players."
Pogba will try to force his way into Solskjaer's starting XI for a meeting with Sheffield United on Wednesday. The Red Devils need another positive result in this competition to stay on the hunt for a top 4 result.
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