A fully-fit and committed Paul Pogba will go a long way to turning Manchester United into Premier League title contenders, according to one pundit.
Pogba has not started a game since September due to two separate foot issues and his absence has been shrouded by suggestions from his agent, Mino Raiola, that he wants a move away.
Indeed, the latest report has suggested that United have identified the successor to the midfielder in Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued to deflect the speculation over Pogba’s future and has been frustrated that he has been unable to rely on the Frenchman’s creativity for a large chunk of the campaign.
According to Jonathan Greening, having Pogba alongside two or three fresh faces could see the Red Devils begin to push the club higher up the Premier League table.
“If Paul Pogba stays, commits himself, he’s happy and fit and wants to play there it will be immense for the team and a massive boost,” the pundit told GrandNational.
“Ole’s said he only wants players who want to be at Manchester United.”
Greening also explained that a world-class partner to centre-back Harry Maguire and a midfielder such as long-term target Jack Grealish will help push United further.
“They definitely need another striker, maybe another centre half and then another player like a Jack Grealish or a James Maddison who can play in wide areas as well as centrally,” he said.
“Then they’ve have got a good chance of being title contenders again, without a shadow of a doubt.”
United could also look to sign a winger, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho said to be a target high up on Solskjaer’s wish list.
Reports have claimed that Sancho is keen to benefit from Solskjaer’s policy of giving young talent a solid portion of game time, with Mason Greenwood having benefited in his breakthrough season.
In other news, United have reportedly decided to sell Chris Smalling at the end of the season to fund moves for two centre-backs this summer.
Smalling has rediscovered his form since a loan move to Roma after being told he would have limited game under Solskjaer.