Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he is “always smiling” under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba endured a difficult relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho, who left him on the bench for the defeat at Liverpool in December, in what turned out to be the Portuguese’s final match in charge.
The France international has been rejuvenated since Solskjaer, who coached Pogba at United’s academy, came in and gave him freedom to perform.
That has seen him score four goals and provide four assists, the latest of which was a fine ball for Marcus Rashford to bag the winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Pogba believes he has “come out of the shadows” and is loving life under the Norwegian.
“Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that,” he said. “It is a pleasure to play again. That’s normal. Now I am always smiling.
“It’s a pleasure to be reunited with him. I knew him from the academy and the reserves, when his nickname was ‘Super Sub’.
“He is doing a really good job. As a player he knew the mentality of this club. He has come back to help us and it is going very well. The season is long so let’s see how it goes.
“I am playing a bit further forward. I have more security behind me, it gives me the freedom to go forwards to try to get into the box and support the strikers.”