World Cup winner Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid this summer but, now that the English transfer window has closed, the Frenchman is set to stay at Old Trafford for at least one more season.
The club reportedly turned down an offer of £27.6million plus James Rodriguez for Pogba, who had previously spoken publicly of his desire to leave.
However, former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren believes the Red Devils’ recent 4-0 victory over rivals Chelsea has shown the midfielder that he could not only win things at United but do so as their “king”.
“I think he will stay, he would have gone by now,” McClaren told Sky Sports.
“They would have replaced him and now they don’t need to, that’s the key thing.
“You could see it on Sunday, Chelsea did really well against him in the first half, but once he got space in the second half, he can deliver the pass, score the goal.
“He can do things.
“When Ole first came in, he got the best out of Pogba for the first 15 games and the way he turned the game around against Manchester City, that’s what he’s capable of doing.
“Ole believes he can get the best out of him and especially with Maguire and the way they have started, Pogba might think ‘yeah, I could be the king of this team’.
“These players want top players around them, to be challenging for the trophies.
“Manchester United demonstrated that with the summer signings [and] the first game.
“Pogba might be thinking ‘they really want me and this is a good team, I could win things here’.”
McClaren also expressed his admiration for new United signing Harry Maguire, saying: “He’s like [Virgil] van Dijk signing for Liverpool, the difference – the person that took Liverpool to the next level.
“I think Maguire can do exactly the same for Manchester United.
“He did it on Sunday against Chelsea, he was magnificent. He’s a great defender, a leader.
“The way he speaks to the players and his demeanour, confidence and courage when he has the ball, I think he’s the perfect signing for Manchester United.”