Manchester United will see “a new and improved Paul Pogba” next season once the £89 million man adds consistency to his game, says Ryan Giggs.
Having returned to Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer, the Frenchman was always going to find it difficult to live up to expectations.
He did, however, offer glimpses of what he is capable of and picked up an unfortunate knack of hitting the woodwork which prevented him from posting even better numbers.
United legend Giggs believes there is more to come from the 24-year-old and believes he will show his true colours in 2017-18 once fully adjusted to life back in the Premier League.
He told ITV: “He’s got everything – he can go box-to-box, he can score goals.
“He hit the crossbar like nine or 10 times for United last season. If he can turn them into goals, that’s another area he needs to improve.
“It’s just consistency. You never knew what you were going to get from him. But overall, I was happy with his first season.
“Of course he could have done better but he’s come from Juventus where they win the league every year and he’s in a team that was inconsistent throughout the season. If United hit the ground running next year, you will see a new and improved Pogba.”
Giggs was in attendance to see Pogba star for France in a friendly encounter with England on Tuesday, with a buccaneering display showing just what he is capable of.
He controlled proceedings throughout in Paris, with his vision and direct running causing the Three Lions all sorts of problems.
More of the same is expected on a domestic stage next season, with Pogba proving that he is capable of world-class performances when confident and on top of his game.
Giggs added: “Pogba today was… you've got to be excited if you're a Man United fan. Can't wait for next season if he's going to play like that. Tonight he had everything.”
Pogba made 51 appearances for United across all competitions in the 2016-17 campaign, netting nine goals and helping Jose Mourinho’s side to trophy triumphs in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League.