Former Manchester United manager David Moyes insists the club can’t afford to lose Paul Pogba.

The France midfielder was heavily linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid in the summer after admitting ‘it could be time for a new challenge’ in June.

The LaLiga giants were unable to raise the funds to match United’s reported £150million asking price, however, and Pogba remained at Old Trafford.

Pogba remains a Manchester United player – but for how much longer?

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Pogba remains a Manchester United player – but for how much longer?

Moyes, who managed the Red Devils during the 2013/14 season, believes the World Cup winner could play for any club in the world.

He told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player.

“He could probably play for any team in the world, certainly in Europe. He’d get a game for any team.

“I’m not always sure he’s a player who’s consistent and makes the difference all the time.

“For the profile he’s got, you’re hoping he makes the difference. He doesn’t always make the difference, but do I think he should stay at Manchester United? Yes, I do.”

Pogba has been absent for six of United’s past eight games due to an ankle injury.

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And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have missed his presence, suffering defeats to West Ham and Newcastle in the Premier League.

While admitting Pogba does not influence games like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Moyes believes the 26-year-old should still be one of the first names on the team sheet at United.

He added: “I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or Ronaldo does for Juventus, but I still think he’s a really talented player. He’s got a lot to give.

“Watching him at his best was when he was at Juventus, he played a little bit further forward, he got nearer the box more often.

“If you were picking the Manchester United team, Pogba would be in their midfield at the moment, that’s for sure.”

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