Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo believes Paul Pogba is both a prodigious talent and charismatic leader.

Odion Ighalo spent six month on loan at the mighty Red Devils before leaving in January 2021 – and it was enough to discover that Pogba is different from others.

With Pogba having a year left on his United contract and a flamboyant agent in Mino Raiola, the 28-year-old Frenchman’s future is in the air.

So why should the club go all out to retain Pogba?

“He’s one of the best players I’ve played with and one of the best players at Manchester United,” Ighalo told Sky Sports.

“Apart from playing on the pitch, he’s a good guy in the dressing room, a funny guy, he’s always happy. The only time he isn’t happy is when he’s not playing and I can understand that – everyone wants to play.

“If Manchester United have the opportunity to keep him on a new, longer deal, they should because he is so influential.

“Sometimes he doesn’t have the best of games but that’s normal, you can’t be 100% in every game but when he turns up, like he did yesterday [Sunday] against Tottenham, he is exceptional,” Ighalo concluded.

Coming up next for United is the second leg Europa League quarter-finals against Granada on Thursday, before hosting Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

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