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Manchester United Player 'No Longer Feels Like Club's Great Star' After Cristiano Ronaldo Signing

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Manchester United Player 'No Longer Feels Like Club's Great Star' After Cristiano Ronaldo Signing

Paul Pogba feels that he is ‘no longer the centre of attention’ at Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return, according to stunning reports.

The 28-year-old French midfielder kicked off the season in sensational form with an incredible four-assist haul in United’s 5-1 thumping of Leeds United at Old Trafford.

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Pogba, whose current United deal will expire next summer, added to his assist tally in the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Southampton in August.

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The United superstar also picked up two assists against Newcastle in a 4-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this month.

However, Italian reporter Paolo Condo has now claimed that Pogba’s performances have ‘dropped a lot’ in recent matches and feels that the limelight has been taken off him with Ronaldo’s blockbuster return.

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He told Sky Italia (as per Sport Witness): “After the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pogba no longer feels like the great Manchester United star.

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“He is no longer the centre of attention. And in the last few matches, Pogba’s performance has dropped a lot.”

Pogba has started in all of United’s Premier League and Champions League matches this season.

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The 2018 World Cup winner has made eight appearances across all competitions and registered seven assists for United.

However, United are still uncertain over Pogba’s long-term prospects at Old Trafford amid fierce interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

Former United striker Michael Owen has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical use of Pogba echoes Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach at Old Trafford.

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“This has been a problem for many, many years trying to get the best out of players like Paul Pogba,” he told BT Sport.

“I actually think that Ole knows his best team in certain games and I think he’s got two different teams for different scenarios and he’s not the only manager to do that.

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“Sir Alex Ferguson done the exact same, a tough European game all of a sudden Park Ji-Sung would play, Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney would be pushed out on the left so it depends who they play against.

“If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has less respect for the team he’s playing against, I think Paul Pogba plays central with one sitting midfielder and he’s braver.

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“As soon as they play someone really difficult, they play a [Scott] McTominay, Fred or someone of alike, and he gets pushed out to the left so I think that is consistent you know when he’s respecting a team or not because that’s exactly what happens every time.”

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has made an immediate impact in his second spell at United and scored five times in five matches across all competitions.

The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar scored a crucial injury-time winner in United’s 2-1 comeback win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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Topics: Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Premier League, Football, England

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