Manchester United star Pogba is primed to start against Barcelona in the club’s crunch Champions League showdown this evening.
The France international will go head to head with Lionel Messi, who will spearhead the Catalan giants’ attack.
Pogba has been backed to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid in recent times, with the World Cup winner recently flirting with a move to the Bernabeu by lauding Zinedine Zidane.
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, has pinpointed the 26-year-old as the player he wants to build his team around.
The Norweigan is planning to have Pogba as his talisman next season, already dismissing claims that the star will leave at the end of the season.
And the Manchester Evening News say Pogba is of the belief that he is up to the task.
United forked out £89million to sign the midfielder from Juventus back in the summer of 2016 because they felt he was the ideal signing for the club.
But, so far, Pogba is yet to live up to expectations.
He has blown hot and cold throughout the majority of his United career, helping the club win the EFL Cup and Europa League titles.
Yet Pogba was also seen as one of the Red Devils players who did little to help Jose Mourinho prior to his sacking in December.
Under Mourinho, the United star would often be substituted or left the bench entirely.
But he has rediscovered his mojo under Solskjaer and, against Barcelona, is set for the biggest outing for his United career.
Meanwhile, former United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic expects both Pogba and Messi to be key to their respective sides’ chances of Champions League glory tonight.
“Two big teams, two big clubs playing against each other,” the Swedish striker told Barcelona’s official website.
“Two clubs with great history and it will be exciting to see.
“Obviously, Messi makes the difference in each game he plays, it’s no secret.
“I think for United, you have Pogba making the difference there. It will be more of a battle between Messi and Pogba, even if it’s a collective sport.”
United and Barcelona last met back in 2011, in the Champions League final at Wembley.
And it was the La Liga giants who reigned supreme with Messi scoring in a 3-1 victory.
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