Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said he is enjoying more “freedom” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than he had under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba’s form has improved markedly since Solskjaer was made caretaker boss and he said it is because he has been given license to attack.
“I play a bit further forward and I’ve got the security behind me,” Pogba told reporters at Wembley after helping United to a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday. “He’s giving me the freedom of going forward, to shoot and to be forward with the three forwards.”
Pogba was left on the bench for Mourinho’s final three league games in charge before returning to play a central role under Solskjaer. His struggles under Mourinho prompted speculation he could seek a move away from United and he admits a prolonged period on the fringes of the team would have been hard to take.
“During the past few months, before the coach came back, I was benched, and a football player on the bench, I’m not sure if he can accept that,” said Pogba.
“Now I’m taking pleasure again, I play again, I’m doing what I love, so it’s normal. And we’re winning so indeed we play with a smile always.”
Solskjaer is now joint-favourite to get the job permanently after victory over Spurs at Wembley.
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