Paul Scholes compares Paul Pogba to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Paul Scholes certainly knows a thing or two about what it takes to rule the roost in a Manchester United midfield.

So who better to judge Paul Pogba's second coming at Old Trafford?

Pogba is set to make his first appearance for Man United since his record-breaking £89 million move from Juventus against Southampton on Friday and Scholes has been discussing his chances of success.

Scholes played with plenty of United greats during his 21 seasons at the Theatre of Dreams and sees similarities between Pogba and another former Old Trafford hero.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a triumphant spell in Manchester between 2003-09 and although the now Real Madrid superstar used to terrorise opposing full-backs down the wing instead of Pogba's more central role, Scholes thinks they share a similar mentality.

“There are real similarities between him and Ronaldo,” Scholes told Four Four Two.

"They’re very different people and players, but they both have the same confidence and arrogance on the pitch.

“They both train incredibly hard. Pogba and Ronaldo are great athletes - they’re both great in the gym – and they train for as long as they can on the training field. Hopefully, Pogba will reach the level Ronaldo has done.”

While Madrid may have been able to coax Ronaldo into moving to the Bernabeu, they were unable to compete with United's financial power to lure Pogba in the same direction.

Pogba's Position

There has also been a lot of speculation surrounding where Jose Mourinho will play his new star signing, with some suggesting Pogba has less influence on proceedings when he plays as part of a midfield two.

Scholes is in agreement but thinks the French international can still be effective in Mourinho's current 4-2-3-1 system - providing he is given the right midfield partner.

He added: “He played in a midfield three at Juventus, which seemed to suit him down to the ground.

“He had the license to get in the box and score goals. For France, he seemed to play as a holding midfielder and I didn’t think he was as effective there.

“I’d play him alongside a more defensive-minded player – Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin or Daley Blind. You have to let him get forward and use his power and pace to get in the final third.”

Big things are expected from the 23-year-old this season and despite skipping pre-season to recover from his Euro 2016 exploits, his hefty price tag means it will not take much for the critics to loom if Pogba doesn't hit the ground running against Southampton.

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