Bryan Robson Reveals How Sir Alex Used To Target Paul Pogba In Training

Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring Manchester United's first goal.

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Paul Pogba is considered to be one of the most elite midfielders in modern day football. The Manchester United youth product left the club to join Juventus in 2012, where he enjoyed a stellar spell and showed the world his ability.

Pogba was then re-signed by the Red Devils under former manager Jose Mourinho in 2016 for a record fee. The midfielder did showcase his abilities under Jose, but the consistency was missing.

The Frenchman was often dropped to the bench, and he eventually begun to share a toxic relation with the Portuguese tactician.

The Premier League club hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer post the dismissal of Jose, and the interim boss has got Pogba firing once again.

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Solskjaer has clearly been an influence on Pogba’s resurgence, and a lot of credit goes to the him. United have won six successive matches across all competitions under Ole, and the 2018 World Cup winner has contributed immensely.

Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who was invited by Ole to talk to the players, was the one to hand Pogba his competitive senior debut for the Mancunians. Further, it has come to light that the Scot used to be brutal with the player in training sessions.

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Former skipper Bryan Robson has revealed how Fergie used to get Paul Scholes to kick the lumps out of Pogba.

The comments were made in relation to a tackle made by the Frenchman on Dele Alli in the recent match against Tottenham Hotspur, which the Reds won 1-0 thanks to Pogba’s unbelievable assist.

Robson stated: “I’ve spoken before about how Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan used to get Paul Scholes to kick lumps out of Pogba in training years ago, and I’d say, ‘Woah, aren’t you going to stop that?’ They’d let it go because it was schooling him in what was to come.”