Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has backed Paul Pogba to compete for the highly-coveted Premier League Player of the Season award in 2019/20.
The ex-Red Devil was certainly vocal when discussing the mercurial midfielder’s credentials after he missed a penalty in United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.
Pogba for POTY? Five things to know…
- Despite coming in for criticism last season Pogba finished the campaign as United’s highest goalscorer.
- As such he made it into the 2018/19 PFA Team of the Year.
- The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of much speculation this summer.
- Reports earlier in the transfer window suggested his agent was trying to engineer an exit.
- However, he now looks set to stay at Old Trafford and Neville believes he could go on to win the POTY accolade.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side once again came up short at the Molineux, with the Norwegian handed the perfect opportunity to break his hoodoo in the West Midlands, but a Pogba penalty miss ensured his woe against Wolves remains intact.
After the match, a noticeably enraged Neville hit out at the Frenchman for stepping up for spot-kick duty ahead of Marcus Rashford, who netted in the opening match of the season against Chelsea, describing the situation as “not right”.
However, when discussing his predictions for the season on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville ultimately backed the much-maligned star to compete for the end-of-season bauble, selecting him as his ‘One to watch’ in 2019/20.
He stated: “I think Paul Pogba could be player of the year, and I know that could be seen as a bold statement.”
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To which Jamie Carragher replied: “A stupid statement.”
Sparking annoyance from Neville: “Shut up. He has the potential to be the best player in the Premier League, I think he has the biggest personality, and I think Manchester United’s season rests a lot upon him, in terms of how well he plays.
“He was not great tonight, I don’t think he was brilliant and I don’t think he was bad, but I think for me he could be player of the year.
“He is the one to watch, and I know there is a lot of speculation surrounding him but I think he is going to stay at United and a lot of the success this season is dependent on how well he plays and whether he can reach his really high standard.”