Paul Pogba remains a complete player and a leader type figure at Man United regardless of what people think, says Jesse Lingard.
The France international was expected to become a talismanic presence at Old Trafford after a record breaking transfer in the summer of 2016.
After becoming a World Cup winner with his country since linking back up with Man United, Pogba has struggled to prove his worth at club level.
That has led to endless discussion regarding his form and future, with transfer talk never far away from him.
Those around him at the Theatre of Dreams continues to talk up his value on a regular basis regardless of what others think.
Lingard progressed through United’s academy system alongside Pogba, which both of them are now senior team players.
The England international believes the Frenchman remains the best available to current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard told Sky Sports: “I grew up with Paul and when he first came you could see the technical ability that he possessed at such a young age.
“He’s gone on to win the World Cup and many trophies with Juventus and us.
“He’s the all-round player, the complete player.
He’s always positive and has good energy off the field.
He’s humble and one of the best guys you could meet.
“He’s always positive in the dressing room and picks the lads up when they’re down.
That shows on the field as well.
“It’s hard for the lads to get the ball off him because he’s so strong.
He’s become the leader-type and has taken on that responsibility really well.”
Pogba has seen injury restrict him to just eight appearances in the 2019/20 campaign for Man United.
He will also be given the chance to work alongside January signing Bruno Fernandes for the first time.
Man United are holding high hopes for that partnership as they seek their way into the top four and Champions League stage.