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Phelan urges Pogba to stay: 'He is not the finished deal'

2019-04-10 09:07
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan says Paul Pogba can still improve and believes the Red Devils are the ideal club for him to fulfil his ambitions.

Pogba finally appears to be settled at Old Trafford following a turbulent spell under the leadership of former boss Jose Mourinho, but that is not stopping rumours linking him with a move away.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has openly admitted his interest in the player and there is a good chance the Spanish giants will make an attempt to seal a deal in the summer.

However, Phelan believes this is the best place for him to be, and despite being a World Cup winner, he still has much to learn and much to win with the club.

"I think that happened to quite a few players, they probably drew into themselves a little bit and were very cautious," Phelan said.

"Paul had a spell where all the eyes were on him and delivery of his best wasn't there all the time - the consistency.

"Now we are trying to apply ourselves to Paul's game. Ole has done a terrific job at helping Paul through certain spells and he has embraced that. He is maturing all the time."

Phelan added: “He is not the finished deal even though everyone looks at him and sees a World Cup winner already, but he is not the finished deal, there is still a lot more to come and that is the exciting bit about United," Phelan told Reuters.

"There are players there who haven't achieved for the club what they need to achieve, and we want to make sure that they relish that experience, embrace the opportunity to win things at Manchester United."

Meanwhile, the Frenchman is most likely to be involved in United's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Barcelona at Old Trafford.

Kick will be at 21:00 (SA time).


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