Bryan Robson: Jose Mourinho should play this midfield trio at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Jose Mourinho should play a midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera at Old Trafford this season.

Mourinho deployed this particular midfield trio to great effect against Manchester City in the League Cup last week.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s side, the 53-year-old claimed he may have unearthed his preferred midfield combination. 

Robson, speaking earlier this week, also endorsed the idea of using Carrick, Herrera and Pogba.

“I’ve got to say I really liked the balance of the midfield in the City game where Herrera was the one side of Michael Carrick and Pogba the other side,” he said.

“I thought that was a real nice balance and the boys played particularly well in the second half of that game.”

The crucial element of a functional midfield is, above anything, balance, and this is exactly what Mourinho receives with this particular trio.

Carrick’s presence in defensive midfield always brings a timeless sense of composure, as if everything ultimately runs through the 35-year-old at his own chosen tempo. Combine that with Herrera’s unyielding energy and you have a dangerous, rock-solid core – a springboard from which United can drive forward with power and control.

And this, of course, is where Pogba comes in: the Frenchman, with these two acting as supporting pillars, has the license to roam forward and inflict damage in similar fashion to how he operated alongside Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

But with Carrick not in the squad to face Fenerbahce and Herrera suspended for the game with Swansea City, United fans will have to wait until the game with Arsenal before they see such a trio feature once again.

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