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Paul Pogba’s ability has finally been recognised

Paul Pogba picked up an injury six weeks ago after enjoying a terrific start to the season. He scored in his first two matches and looked like he starting to live up to the hype he has generated when he returned to Manchester United in 2016.

United look genuinely lost when the Frenchman doesn’t play. The team looks short of ideas and lacks real creativity. United made a sound signing in Nemanja Matic during the summer to release Pogba further forward, but was it even considered who would fill his role if he got injured?

Ander Herrera had a brilliant season last campaign, but he doesn’t provide any real creative spark when playing in Pogba’s absence. The one man I would have said is capable of playing that role is Andreas Pereira, who is of course on loan at Valencia this season.

Pereira enjoyed a successful campaign at Granada last season, and it seemed like he was in Jose Mourinho’s plans for this season after playing during United’s pre-season tour of the United States. I must say, from what I saw of the youngster, he looked impressive, and I could have easily seen him getting game time this season. However, for whatever reason, Pereira decided he wanted a loan move, and whether that was down to Mourinho remains to be seen, but it’s ironic United are crying out for a midfielder of his kind right now.

Mourinho even made comments about how he was “disappointed” in Pereira’s choice to go out on loan, and to be honest it seems like he has sealed his own fate. I would be very surprised if he remained a Manchester United player after next summer.

Pogba faced huge amounts of criticism last season, and due to this injury, it seems to have died down. By that I mean, fans and journalists are finally recognising what Pogba brings to the United team, after watching them without the Frenchman. It seems people are finally giving the midfielder some credit, and I’ve even seen people on Twitter regard him as United’s best player. Mental, I know considering he was a ‘dabbing Moussa Sissoko’ last season.

In my opinion, the lack of creativity when he doesn’t play is alarming and it wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up costing United in some way. As I’ve previously mentioned, Nemanja Matic, is probably the signing of the season, but when Pogba isn’t playing, he’s having to play the role of the creator and destroyer and he can’t do both.

I hope Pogba comes back sooner rather than later, however, Mourinho has insisted that there is no set return date for the Frenchman. With a big game against Chelsea coming up, it is vital that United get their midfield maestro as soon as possible. Of course, United enjoyed a 2-0 win over Chelsea last season at Old Trafford and it was a tactical master mass from Mourinho – something I’m sure he will be capable of again, whether that is with or without Pogba.

It seems that Paul Pogba has finally been recognised as a top midfielder, and he answers so many of United’s midfield problems. It’s vital that United don’t rush him back too soon but United are in dire need of some creativity. Here’s hoping he’ll be back soon.

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