Ander Herrera launches staunch defence of Paul Pogba after Man Utd first XI axe

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Ander Herrera has launched a passionate defence of former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba.

Pogba has been left licking his wounds after being axed from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI for last weekend's 4-1 win at Newcastle.

The French international has been struggling to find his best form since the start of the new season.

But he will be desperate for a recall when United face PSG tomorrow in the Champions League group stages.

Herrera, who left United to join PSG on a free transfer in 2019, believes Pogba remains one of the most complete midfielders in the world.

The Spanish international, who could line up against Pogba in the Parc des Princes, said: "I think he's got everything and there are no others like him.

"He can play one-on-one, box-to-box, low or high, he's got it all. All the skills and talent. He's got the talent to be one of the best."

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Herrera, meanwhile, has also defended United despite their poor start to the season – and believes his old club is going in the right direction under Solskjaer.

United have not won the Premier League title since 2013 and last lifted silverware in 2017, but Herrera added: "It's not easy to compare with the time when Sir Alex Ferguson was there.

"It's not fair to do this, with players or managers. They are progressing. They have signed the right players.

"I don't think they are going backwards – they are going forwards."

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