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Pogba is one of the world's best players, says Tuchel

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was praised by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel and Ander Herrera ahead of their Champions League group game.

Pogba one of the world's best – Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel hailed Paul Pogba as one of the best midfielders in the world ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's clash against Manchester United. PSG play host to United in the French capital on Tuesday to begin their Champions League campaign in Group H.

Ahead of the game, Tuchel was full of praise for Pogba, who has previously been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 champions. "He is one of the best midfielders of the world. That's the key to stopping him," the PSG coach told a news conference. "Bruno Fernandes who makes a lot of deep passes. One of the best teams in Europe in offensive transition. It's necessary to stop counter-attacks. We want to have the ball, we want to play with a lot of possession, we want to impose our style. We have to play with a good structure to play good pressing."

Pogba could be a Ballon d'Or contender - Herrera

Pogba's former United team-mate, Ander Herrera also praised the France international. The Spaniard, who left the Premier League club for PSG last year, believes Pogba will be a Ballon d'Or contender if United start winning multiple trophies.

"I think he has it all. I've already said that there is no midfielder like him. He can do everything, one-on-one, box-to-box, he can do everything. He has all the qualities," he said. "He now plays a little deeper than when I was there because Fernandes plays like a number 10. I think he has all the qualities to become one of the best players in the world. It's true that when you see the list of players who are candidates for the Ballon d'Or, you have to play in the team that wins everything. I think that if Man United wins titles, he will be in the list for the Ballon d'Or and the end-of-season trophies. But, I am a PSG player now, I wish the best for Paul and Man United because they are in my heart but [on Tuesday] I will fight in a different team, we will fight for our team, our place."