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Paul Pogba will win Ballon d’Or in next five years, says Manchester United teammate Anthony Martial

Martial believes his French compatriot is the best midfielder in the world but can keep improving at Old Trafford

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 3:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2017, 3:06pm

Paul Pogba is the world’s best midfield player and has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or in the next five years, according to his Manchester United teammate Anthony Martial.

The midfielder, who rejoined United from Juventus in 2016, scored five goals and provided four assists in 30 Premier League appearances last campaign.

The 24-year-old Frenchman has started the current season strongly with two goals and an assist in the first two league matches and Martial believes his compatriot can reach the next level.

“Paul is very mentally strong and he is very sure of himself,” Martial told United’s official website.

“He is a big guy, he is very technical on the ball and he has lots of endurance. I would say he is probably the best midfield player in the world.

“He is still young, too, so he has a lot to work on and he can get even better ... If he continues to play and improve like he is doing then I think he is also going to win the Ballon d’Or award in the next five years.”

Martial, who has scored two goals in as many league games this season, also praised Pogba’s attributes off the pitch and said the duo are targeting silverware at both domestic and national tournaments.

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“We want to win a lot of trophies together at United, and we also want to win the World Cup with France,” the 21-year-old added.

The United duo will be looking to extend their flying start to the campaign when the club host Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday