Mikael Silvestre encourages Jose Mourinho to sign somebody to free up Paul Pogba

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has encouraged Jose Mourinho to look for a defensive midfielder capable of freeing up Paul Pogba next season.

The Frenchman initially struggled with juggling defensive and offensive duties alongside Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney during the early stages of last season.

Mourinho’s decision later in the season to use Pogba in a midfield trio alongside Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, who acted as a midfield lynchpin, helped the 24-year-old ease into life at Old Trafford.

And Silvestre has advocated the introduction of further reinforcements to ensure Pogba has the license to roam forward at will next season.

“With Herrera and Fellaini, you could be looking to strengthening this position,” he said.

“For me it’s important to get one more body in there to make sure Pogba has more freedom.

“He’s not there to protect the back four, he has more to offer going forward.”

Silvestre will be delighted to hear that Mourinho has had the prescience to secure Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic for a reported fee of £40m.

This is almost the perfect answer to Silvestre’s demand; there is a litany of examples of Pogba not just thriving but dominating from start to finish with a measured defensive midfield metronome sitting behind him, opening up the midfield and drawing opponents in.

Just think back to how unplayable Pogba was against England with N’Golo Kante marshalling things behind him. The likes of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Eric Dier didn’t know where to place themselves and the bombastic Frenchman wreaked havoc.

And signing Matic, fresh from winning his second Premier League title, serves as an emphatic step in the right direction.

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