Jose Mourinho discusses Paul Pogba’s best position at Man United

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba’s position at Manchester United can change on a game by game basis.

Against City in the derby he played as part of a midfield pair alongside Marouane Fellaini but away to Feyenoord he was the advanced midfielder in a three with Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera.

There has been plenty of debate among Man United fans over what his best position but Mourinho’s made it clear he won’t tie Pogba down to one individual role.

“It depends on the situation,” he said when asked about Pogba’s position. “In the Premier League, we are playing with Wayne Rooney as a no.10 and [against Feyenoord] we played [Ander] Herrera in front of the back four with [Morgan] Schneiderlin and gave Paul more freedom to occupy spaces. It’s not a problem with his position – he feels comfortable.”

At Juventus he played as part of a midfield three with Andreas Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio which is where he earned his reputation as such a good midfielder. For France, Didier Deschamps used him in both attacking and defensive midfield roles but the latter saw his game restricted by too much defensive responsibility, so the general consensus is that Pogba’s more suited to an attacking role.

However, it seems Mourinho is going to switch where Pogba plays based on the opposition we come up against. If that’s the case, then he’s got to improve his defensive discipline because against City he left Marouane Fellaini exposed on plenty of occasions by running forward too often.

I still think Pogba with Herrera and Schneiderlin is our best midfield set-up this year but after the train-wreck away to Feyenoord I’m not sure when we’ll see that again. In the mean time, we’re all just hoping Pogba can get the monkey off his back by bagging his first goal and kicking on from there.

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