• Manchester United legend Phil Neville weighed in on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's recent benching of Paul Pogba
  • Neville thinks that the Red Devils can win the title if Pogba plays a lot with Bruno Fernandes
  • Solskjaer is positive the Frenchman can still regain his fine form this season

Manchester United legend and Salford City co-owner Phil Neville believes that French star Paul Pogba is the key player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to win a title.

The Red Devils headed to the international break with a win over Everton on Saturday. Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani both starred in the club’s sensational victory, while Pogba was left out of the spotlight once again.

It was the fifth time Solskjaer has not called up Pogba to start for his side this season, and the Norwegian is now being criticized by Neville for his decisions.

For the 43-year-old, United can take home the silverware if Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will play a lot together.

"I still think it’s absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team," Neville told Premier League Productions. “ For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play then Pogba has to play.”

"You can play one of them [Nemanja] Matic, Fred or [Scott] McTominay and then you play Pogba with [Bruno] Fernandes,” he continued.

Pogba is still United's record-setting signing, but due to injuries, he hasn’t been the player he used to be lately. However, Neville thinks the former Juventus star is still one of the few players in Solskjaer’s squad who can play the “Manchester United way.”

"I’d rather go out there and score goals, go out there and go for the win playing the Manchester United way with Pogba in the team,” he pointed out. “I know I’ve said about him wanting to leave, not wanting to be there and his inconsistencies but I still think he’s one of the best midfielders around. That’s why I’m thinking: Why is Paul Pogba not in that team?"

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) said his side's fine form has  slowed him from ageing
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Paul Pogba POOL / PETER POWELL

Solskjaer, on the other hand, remains positive that the French midfielder can still bounce back after being hindered by injuries last season.

"He's held his hand up. That's how football is--it's high intensity, high tempo,” Solskjaer recently said of Pogba."Every player is frustrated, [Pogba] himself too, after a defeat. We need consistency from every one of our players.”

“Paul has been going through a difficult period with injury last season, with coronavirus this season, so I think we have seen plenty of positives recently and hopefully it will continue."