Paul Pogba is “desperate to make up for lost time” after made a return impressive for Manchester United, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The winner of the world Cup France Pogba, 27-year-old returned from an ankle injury to play for the first time since 26 December.
It came off of the bench to win a penalty, converted by Bruno Fernandes, while United made a draw 1-1 at Tottenham on Friday.
“Paul Pogba is a fantastic player and is finally in shape,” said the boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to BBC Radio 5 Live.
Midfielder Pogba has played in his ninth game of club of a campaign ravaged by injuries and has managed 34 minutes in the first game for United since the season was interrupted in march by the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
He completed 17 of his 18 passes, won the ball four times and had two blocks, Solskjaer describing the performance as ” a midfield all-rounder “.
Solskjaer – who had called before the game on Pogba to show his qualities of leader – said: “It is great to see [Pogba] to show its qualities and the contribution he has made has been important for us getting a penalty.
“He has had a season horrible because of injuries and he is desperately trying to make up for lost time. Paul has always wanted to play. He loves the game of football.
“It was great to have him back with us. On and off the field, he is a boy who is so enthusiastic and passionate. Everyone can see the quality they can offer.
“Paul always has a point to prove to himself and to us. He expects a lot of himself and wants to be the best. He trains hard and loves football. ”
Pogba has also shown signs of connection with the signing of January of Fernandes, who now has three goals and three assists since he joined the club from Sporting Lisbon.
Solskjaer added: “It is a partnership undeniable on which we want to build. They trained together now they have spent a half-hour together on the field.
“We want the best players on the field, of course, and want to find a balance in the team. “