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Ander Herrera: Paul Pogba is not like any other midfielder

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera has heaped praise on teammate Paul Pogba, labelling the Frenchman as not like any other midfielder in world football.

The 23-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford in August for a world-record £89m fee, initially struggled to acclimatise under Jose Mourinho.

However, recent weeks have seen Pogba, deployed alongside Herrera and Michael Carrick, thrive under Jose Mourinho with a string of bombastic, domineering displays.

Herrera was quick to heap praise on Pogba, hailing his ability to change a game in one second.

“Pogba is Pogba and other midfielders are different,” he said.

“We know Paul can change a game in one second. He has an unbelievable shot, he can head the ball, he can combine near the box and create something.

“I don’t like to compare, I just say that Paul is a top player and can change a game in one second but we are lucky because we don’t only have Paul who can do that.”

Pogba’s signing was, above anything, a long term investment. Many, it seems, saw the Frenchman as someone who would bring constant moments of magic, providing the kind of brilliance we’d see on highlight reels and vines on a regular basis.

The reality, however, is that Pogba serves to provide a consistent presence of power, technical prowess and attacking impetus – thriving at the heart of United’s midfield for a number of years.

Then again, as seen against Crystal Palace, the Frenchman is more than capable of being more than just a reliably enterprising midfield asset. His assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic – a sublime pass that came after expertly muscling a defender to the floor – was an example of his ability to swing the pendulum for Mourinho’s men with one moment of unqualified brilliance.

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