Owen Hargreaves tells Ralf Rangnick the player who would unlock Cristiano Ronaldo

Owen Hargreaves tells Ralf Rangnick the player who would unlock Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has claimed that Paul Pogba is the player who would unlock Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Hargreaves has backed Pogba, who is currently nursing a muscle injury, to provide more services to Man United talisman, Ronaldo, when he returns back to full fitness.

United signed Ronaldo from Juventus this summer and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has wasted no time to hit the ground running.

The Portuguese star scored a brace against Arsenal on Thursday to take his career goals to 801.

Pogba hasn’t featured for Manchester United since suffering a muscle injury while on international duty with France in November.

In the Frenchman’s absence, United had lost 4-1 to Watford, beaten Villarreal 2-0, drew 1-1 at Chelsea, defeated Arsenal 3-2, and won over Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday.

Rangnick was keen to heap praise on Scott McTominay and Fred’s partner after his first game in charge of the Man United team, though Hargreaves feels United will gain more from the return of Pogba who can provide service into Ronaldo and United’s frontline, who were ‘quiet’ against Palace.

‘If Pogba plays instead of, say, Fred or McTominay and United are playing in one half, then you’ve got another guy that can play a pass into Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.

Paul Pogba provides update on his injury, Owen Hargreaves backs him to help Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United
Paul Pogba provides an update on his injury, Owen Hargreaves backs him to help Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

‘So I thought they played okay, but Marcus [Rashford] was really quiet today, Bruno [Fernandes] was pretty quiet today.

‘The full-backs were a big feature. The squad depth is amazing, it’s really, really good.

‘So getting those guys, Varane and Pogba, into the side, United have easily one of the strongest teams in the Premier League, but they need to start playing like it. And I thought today was a decent step towards that.’