Denis Irwin believes Manchester United’s hopes of a successful year rest on the back of Paul Pogba.
Even the France World Cup midfielder finished last year with 13 goals as leading goalscorer for United, while also topping the standings assists with eight.
Former United defender Irwin insists Pogba has a bold attitude that’s crucial for Ole Gunnar’s Solskjaer’s side to improve on their sixth place finish last year.
“There isn’t too many players of Paul’s quality,” Irwin stated. “He’s got lots of players in front of him who’ve got great speed and I think he has the comprehension of being able to pick a excellent pass.
“We want consistency from him but moving forward now and particularly where we have started controlling games he is likely to be a big, big player for us.
“I think every team needs a risk taker but I look at him and believe he’s the one which can unlock doors.
“We’ve created enough opportunities to win matches so he is going to be vitally important for us.”
United have picked up four points from their opening five matches, which makes them in eighth place heading into the international break.
They were forced to settle for a draw away on Saturday, leaving them without a win since their opening day thrashing over Chelsea.
Irwin is convinced his side are currently heading in the perfect direction and says that fans should accept the procedure will take some time.
“I know that we’ve only picked two points up from three matches but it seems like we ought to have more,” Irwin added.
“We may need to accept a tiny bit of patience and also we may not challenge the initial two this year but certainly we will need to be up there and greater than annually.
United will probably be sweating on the fitness of summer signing Aaron Wan Bissaka, that had been forced to withdraw with a spine injury from the group on Tuesday of England.
The 21-year-old has amazed since his #50m movement also Irwin believes summertime inclusion Harry Maguire and Wan Bissaka will bolster a United defence which conceded 54 goals last year.
“His positional sense looks really, really great,” Irwin stated.
“That is a enormous surprise for someone that’s been a winger for several a long time. He has been a huge plus this year although he’s got a great deal to understand obviously.
“We need to begin keeping clean sheets again but I think we’ve started making steps in the right way in assisting in our defensive job, I truly do.”