Paul Pogba is the “toughest” player to train against at Manchester United, according to his team-mate Luke Shaw. Pogba has been sidelined ever since Boxing Day due to a recurring ankle injury that has reduced him to a total of eight appearances throughout all competitions this season.
But Shaw is adamant that the star midfielder still has a reputation within the team as being the hardest player to get the ball off thanks to his size, strength and speed.
The England full-back also finds that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also pose as a great challenge but Pogba has all the tools to be the best midfielder in the world.
Shaw told United’s official website when asked which player he fears most in training: “I wouldn’t say ‘fear’ is the right word because I enjoy playing against the likes of Rashy and Martial because they’re tricky, high-quality players and I like that challenge of facing them.
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“Every time I’m facing Anthony, I like to have a little joke around with him, talk to him a lot and tell him: ‘I’m coming for you.’
“Actually, probably the hardest player to get the ball off is Paul. He’s so big, strong, he’s got quick feet. To be fair, he’s got everything to be the best midfielder in the world.
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“You could ask any player in the team about that. I’d have to pick Paul as the toughest one to train against as well because it’s so tough to get the ball off him – he knows how to shield it away and he’s also got the best quality to deliver shots and passes too.”
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Pogba will be back in action by the time the Premier League season restarts.
The campaign has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak and officials have so far been unable to share a return date or even rule out a potential cancellation.
Solskjaer said when asked whether the France international will be available after the suspension is over: “I definitely think so.
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“Paul has had a difficult season with injuries, he’s said that himself.
“Of course Marcus as well, and for them two this gives them a chance to start on par or even ahead of other players if and when we get going.
“Plus, maybe this will be easier to train hard now because they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Pogba rejoined United in 2016 from Juventus in a club record £89million deal and has so far recorded a total of 31 goals and 31 assists in 150 appearances.
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