Paul Pogba told he could have been heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba should have become an elite superstar like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

That’s according to former Premier League striker Stan Collymore, who says the Frenchman has failed to live up to his potential.

Pogba became the most expensive player in history when United handed Juventus £89m to secure his services in 2016.

However, he’s struggled in recent months and has only shown glimmers of his potential at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid were jockeying for position in the summer.

And Zinedine Zidane is widely expected to try his luck again at the end of this campaign.

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Pogba was once regarded as one the brightest talents in world football.

But Collymore insists he’s miles off the likes Ronaldo and Messi now.

“There was a time many ­people saw Pogba as the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano ­Ronaldo’s throne, but you ­cannot put him in the same bracket as those two,” he wrote in The Mirror .

“You can’t even put him in the same bracket as Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah or Manchester City’s Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne these days because those players have massively surpassed him.

“In fact a ­number of players have. At Old Trafford his career has stagnated.”

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Speaking earlier this season, former Old Trafford defender Paul Parker urged United to cut Pogba loose.

“If they can get back what they paid for him – or maybe just a little bit more – I think they should take it to be honest,” he told Starsport.

“As long as that's allowed to be spent on the team, then it does make sense.

“I don't think we've seen a great passion for him wanting to play for Manchester United.”

Pogba has played just seven Premier League games this season as he struggles to recover from injury.

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