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That’s according to pundit and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.
The France international now has 16 goals and 11 assists across all competitions this season, with 10 goals and seven assists coming since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at United in December.
World Cup winner Pogba has been one of the Premier League’s stand-out performers since the turn of the year having looked much more alike the player who Manchester United expected to get when they re-signed him from Juventus for a club-record fee three years ago.
But his performances have seen him linked with Real Madrid, with Pogba himself having declared that playing for Los Blancos would be “a dream” just last month.
Some have suggested that United would be best served to offload the 26-year-old for a huge fee and use the funds gained to strengthen across the team.
Minto though insists Solskjaer should hold on to him this summer, even if Madrid launch a big push to recruit the superstar, and see if he can produce high-level displays for a whole year.
And he laid down a challenge to Pogba, insisting he can still bring more despite his improvement across the last four months in particular.
Minto told Malaysian broadcaster Stadium Astro: “Does he want to go there [to Real Madrid]? Maybe. But Manchester United have it in their power to say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re not going anywhere.’ And I think they should.
“I think he should be given one more full season without Jose Mourinho to say, ‘Let’s judge him on this.’ Post-World Cup, I’ve talked about how it’s a really difficult time mentally and physically for the players.
“Next season I think if he doesn’t perform the way he should then perhaps they should start looking for someone else, giving him to Real Madrid and getting lots of money in and bring in some top-class other midfielders.
“Paul Pogba now is not having a negative influence on United. He was when there was a spat with Jose Mourinho, that’s gone now.
“We’re talking about getting Pogba to fulfil his potential and be one of, if not the, best midfielder in the world.
“He was the match-winner today, stepped up and took the penalties, that shows he’s got a lot of bottle.
“If Ole can get the best out of him, then you keep him here. He is potentially one of the best midfielders in the world.
“We’re just talking about getting that extra 10 per-cent out of him, which he’ll have to do defensively but also on the ball.
“He should be absolutely bossing games like this, he should have been Man of the Match not because of the penalties but because he was the best player on the pitch and for me he wasn’t.
“Yes he stepped up and scored, but ultimately I think there’s more from him.”