Jose Mourinho hints Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick midfield at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has hinted he will start Michael Carrick in midfield with Paul Pogba at Manchester United this season.

His side started in the 4-2-3-1 formation during their pre-season fixtures and Community Shield win over Leicester City, but this was while Mourinho was waiting to finalise a deal for Paul Pogba.

Fans believed Mourinho would switch to a 4-3-3 formation with Pogba’s arrival, but he has admitted he could continue with Carrick and Pogba behind his main playmaker.

Speaking about their plans, Mourinho insists he has found a profile player that the club wanted.

“We have Michael Carrick, 34 or 35-year-old-man,” he said.

“Stable, intelligent, to play as one man in front of the defenders, give us all the stability, he knows everything. Tactically very intelligent.

“We have people like Schneiderlin, Herrera, also play as that, they have experience of the Premier League but after that we have Number 10s. Mata we have, we have possibly Rooney, we have Mkhitaryan, we have number 10s.

“We don’t [didn’t] have what I used to call the second midfield player. The one that is strong enough, is powerful enough, has defensive intensity but at the same time has creativity, has goals, has arrival into finishing areas. He drives the midfield forward.

“We have passers, we don’t have runners with the ball. So he’s a profile of player we found.”

Mourinho has been vocal of his plans for Wayne Rooney upfront and since Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Mourinho’s plans, he now has five central midfielders to chose from at Old Trafford.

Carrick was a first-team regular under Louis van Gaal last season and even will be happy to hear he has a vital role at Man United after many believed he would not have been offered a new contract under the Dutchman.

Pogba will play at the heart of United’s side this season and I can’t wait to see him in action with his new team-mates.

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