Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Paul Pogba he will build his Manchester United team around him – and he has let the rest of the squad know the Frenchman is the main man at Old Trafford now.
The World Cup winner was alienated by previous manager Jose Mourinho and axed from the starting XI after a series of run-ins over his best position and role in the team.
But Solskjaer immediately restored Pogba to the side after taking over and he has thrived ever since, having a hand in eight goals in his last five Premier League matches.
As well as getting Pogba ticking on the pitch, The Sun report that Solskjaer held a morale-boosting one-on-one meeting with the club’s record signing.
Solskjaer made it clear to the 25-year-old that he rates him as the best midfielder in the Premier League and the future of the team will be built around him.
The Norwegian coach has echoed that message to the rest of the squad, making it clear that Pogba has license to do whatever he likes.
United’s side now operate around Pogba, and Solskjaer has stressed to everyone that if Pogba plays well, so will the rest of the team.
That has worked perfectly so far, with Pogba scoring four times and laying on a further four assists since Solskjaer took charge.
He was once again vital in Sunday’s huge win over Tottenham at Wembley, with United working extensively in Dubai on Pogba playing long diagonal balls to release Marcus Rashford on the counter-attack – with that very tactic producing the winner.