Paul Scholes explains why Paul Pogba has surprised him at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer


Paul Scholes has explained why Paul Pogba surprised him during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Saint Etienne in the Europa League, noting that his style was similar to that of Michael Carrick.

The Frenchman, with Carrick missing from the match-day squad, was charged with occupying a deeper role against ASSE alongside Ander Herrera.

And Pogba, taking on his brother Florentin, duly took control of proceedings with a masterful display at the base of midfield.

Scholes noted on BT Sport after the game that the 23-year-old’s new emphasis on poise and control in midfield against Christophe Galtier’s side was somewhat surprising.

“He surprised me a little bit playing that deeper role but he was good. He was pulling the strings with some great passes. He had the vision,” Scholes said.

“He was a little bit in the Michael Carrick role. He just sat and controlled play. He was good. He was a big influence and long may that continue.

“I think Pogba will get a lot better. I think he’s been alright, a 7/8 out of 10 but I still think there’s more to come from him.”

There have been several occasions this season where Pogba, without Carrick alongside him, has failed to generate his usual power and momentum going forward, seemingly uncertain about how he should conduct himself in the 35-year-old’s absence.

Against ASSE, however, Pogba was brimming with a sense of vigorous purpose. His task was simple: control the tempo of the game, and that is exactly what the Frenchman – through a tantalising mixture of inch-perfect passes and powerful surges forward – managed to do against the Ligue 1 side.

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