Photo: Paul Pogba keeping fit ahead of FC Zorya Luhansk

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba has been keeping fit ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Ukrainian side FC Zorya Luhansk.

The midfielder, signed for a world record £89m over the summer, initially struggled upon his return to Old Trafford, drawing criticism for a lack of defensive discipline.

However, the omission of Wayne Rooney from the starting XI against Leicester City saw Pogba, now free to roam forward, wreak havoc alongside Juan Mata.

The Frenchman posted a photo of himself recording his heartbeat, as part of some fitness test, ahead of the game against Zorya.

It took six games to suss out, but Jose Mourinho has finally discovered the perfect position for Pogba.

It is only now, with the 23-year-old settled, that this side can really forge its own identity. Pogba was signed to not just perform a particular role, but to act as the nucleus of this side, promoting a dynamic, ruthless style that emanates from the midfielder’s own rip-roaring approach.

Indeed, as discovered against Leicester, Mourinho’s side performs in conjunction with how Pogba is playing. And when deployed in his favourite role, with the license to rampage forward at any time, United as a collective are a devastating unit.

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