Paul Pogba has heaped praise on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for helping Luke Shaw resurrect his Manchester United career.
Putting an injury-stuck 2019/20 campaign behind him, Shaw has flourished this season and has been one of the most impressive left-backs in the Premier League.
He appears to be benefiting from having Solskjaer’s whole-hearted trust, whereas he shared an uneasy relationship with former Red Devils managers Louis van Gaal and, most notoriously, Jose Mourinho.
Pogba believes Solskjaer has been able to get the best out of the 25-year-old because of the Norwegian’s emphasis on “close” man management, in contrast to his predecessor Mourinho.
“Maybe [Solskjaer’s methods work] because he is a bit closer to the people,” Pogba told Sky Sports .
“Every coach has their own way to coach and deal with players, and as a player you have to adapt. Sometimes it doesn’t suit you and sometimes it does.
“Ole has helped Luke a lot, it was a difficult season with Luke and Mourinho, and he has proved he has the quality he always had and the trust of the manager.”
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Shaw’s fractious relationship with Mourinho came to a head after a 1-1 draw with Everton in April 2017, when the Portuguese manager seemed to accuse him of lacking intelligence.
“Shaw had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain,” said Mourinho.
“It was because he was in front of me and I was thinking for him, I was making very decision for him.
“He cannot play with my understanding of the game; he must think and accelerate the process. He’s old enough to have a better understanding of the game.”
Shaw’s woes appear to be a thing of the past and he has picked up an eye-catching tally of one goal and five assists in 27 Premier League appearances this season.
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