LONDON – French midfielder Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival as interim manager at Manchester United has not only sparked his return to form, but also put a smile back on his face.
The 26-year-old – an integral figure in France’s World Cup triumph last year – has shown the sort of form that United paid a club record £89 million in 2016 since Solskjaer arrived last month to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho.
Pogba’s relationship with the volatile Mourinho had been pretty much toxic all season – having already degenerated in the previous campaign – and he found himself relegated to the substitutes’ bench.
“Before the coach (Solskjaer) arrived, I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that,” he said after the impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.”