Former Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has claimed that Paul Poga can stay at Old Trafford for many years to come and become a club great.

Before the coronavirus lockdown, there were speculations about Pogba’s departure from Man Utd either to his old club Juventus or Real Madrid. The rumors had strengthened after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes at the January transfer window as many expected to witness conflicts between the two talented midfielders. 

Neville, who was a part of Man Utd’s 1992 squad that won the inaugural Premier League season, has insisted that transfer rumors regarding Pogba leaving the Old Trafford side are now in the past.

“Before the shutdown, I would have said definitely he would leave the club but I think the situation has changed. It’s a different dynamic now. I think with the introduction of Bruno Fernandes and the way they’re playing [is positive]. The way the trajectory of the team is looking I think Pogba might be thinking ‘I think this is a good team to stay and play in’ and to commit more than he has done in the past,” Neville said in an interview, according to Mirror

“The economic situation has changed but I still think for Paul Pogba, stay at Manchester United, prove yourself, become great at the club that you joined at 14 years of age,” added Neville, who also played for Everton in his 19-year-old club career.

Meanwhile, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mentioned several times that he is expecting Pogba and Fernandes to deliver for the club together and bring back their glory days.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS

Ahead of Man Utd’s Premier League fixture against Brighton, Solskjaer has heaped praises on Pogba and Fernandes saying they can “create something out of nothing”. The matches, post coronavirus lockdown, have shown glimpses of what the duo is capable of doing together on the field.

“The forward players know they have players behind them who can create something out of nothing. Bruno can create chances where there's no space - a little flick around the corner; he's been very good with his back to play. Paul creates too; they're both creative players who can pick a pass, players with individual qualities. To be a center-forward in front of these two is a joy. I've felt that myself playing with Paul Scholes, Juan Sebastian Veron, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs... it's a nice position to be in,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

Man Utd, who are on a 14-match unbeaten run, are currently placed sixth in the Premier League table. They are three points behind Wolves but have a game in hand and they next take on Brighton and Bournemouth this week in the Premier League.