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Gary Neville's Paul Pogba prediction mocked by Jamie Carragher is coming true for Man Utd

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You can forgive Jamie Carragher for mocking Gary Neville's prediction that Paul Pogba would be the Premier League player to watch in 2021 but now the former Manchester United defender is being proved right. Neville, like many other United supporters, has grown frustrated with the Frenchman's lack of influence on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team in the past two years, on the back of a stunning 2018 World Cup campaign and the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Things had got messy heading into December when Mino Raiola said Pogba's United career was all but over. His client was struggling to force his way into the side and had to settle for a place on the bench.



It's been a testing period for Pogba as he approaches what should be his prime, following several operations and repeated ankle trouble.



But now, Pogba looks like he could prove the difference for United who are firmly in Premier League title contention.



The ill-timing of Raiola's verdict in an explosive interview with Tuttosport, on the eve of United's Champions League group stage decider with RB Leipzig, has proved to be a blessing in disguise.

Pogba is said to have sat down with Solskjaer and there has been some suggestion that both parties agreed that he could move on at the end of the season.

Now Pogba is focusing on his football and producing what everybody knew he was capable of on a regular basis, scoring a stunning 25-yard winner at Fulham last night.

The performance and result will have delighted Neville, who claimed before Christmas that he wanted to see Pogba drive this United team forward in the second half of the campaign.

When his prediction appeared on screen in the Monday Night Football studio, Neville said: "I didn't even fill that in by the way."

Carragher immediately burst into laughter as Neville defended his selection.

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Neville continued, as Carragher stared down the camera in disbelief: “Do you want to know something? I’ve said it for the last three years, because I still want him to be the player that he can be at the club and drive them towards a title. And that sounds laughable at this moment in time.”

“It is!” Carragher said, as Neville added: “That’s what I’d like to see him do, but I didn’t actually pick him on that screen!

"Do you know something, someone’s messed around with that.”

It was a truly brilliant moment and an iconic clip that embodies why the two former rivals and England team-mates remain the best in the business when it comes to football coverage on TV.

Nobody saw United hitting this kind of form, particularly spearheaded by the quality and class of Pogba. Not even Neville, who will continue to revel in the moment in a bid to wind up Carragher and Liverpool supporters.

Pogba's long-term future remains uncertain but the issue has been cast aside to enable United and Solskjaer to focus on delivering silverware this season. They smell blood.

Slowly but surely, this is becoming a Premier League season like no other. A string of wins can completely change the dynamic, something Solskjaer knows better than everyone.

The Norwegian looked just a game away from the sack following the club's embarrassing exit from the Champions League in December.

In just a matter of weeks, Neville's ambitious and daring prediction is coming true and he will be desperate for Pogba's form and United's spirit continues.

One swallow doesn't make a summer but Pogba's form has become a curveball in the title picture. Not many are laughing at United now.


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