Paul Pogba’s performance for Manchester United in the derby against Manchester City has received plenty of attention, with Jamie Carragher the latest to dissect it.
The former Liverpool defender began by describing his display as like a ‘kid in the schoolyard’, but went on to deliver an in-depth look at how to get the best out of him.
With the help of Phil Neville, the pair ultimately decided that Pogba needs to play where he is most effective, and that isn’t in a defensive two-man midfield.
As seen on countless occasions at Juventus, the French international played his best football in a more advanced role with freedom to attack and make the most of his qualities on the ball in and around the final third.
To play Pogba in a reserved defensive role is limiting his influence and putting him in a vulnerable position at times, and Carragher is spot on when insisting that having paid so much money for him, United need to figure out a way to not solely build around him, but to find what works for him and then put other pieces in place.
Whether or not Jose Mourinho does that remains to be seen, but if he wants the most out of his marquee summer signing, then perhaps he’ll have no choice but to tweak his team slightly to give Pogba that freedom without leaving his side vulnerable.
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