Paul Scholes explains why Paul Pogba’s return from injury will benefit Romelu Lukaku

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Scholes has noted that Paul Pogba’s imminent return from injury will hugely benefit Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United.

The Frenchman has been injured ever since the 3-0 win over FC Basel on September 12 and will return to action following the international break.

Lukaku claimed 11 goals in his opening ten games for Man United but has now gone six appearances without a goal in a red shirt.

And Scholes, speaking on BT Sport following the 2-0 win over Benfica, pointed out that Pogba’s return will help the Belgian rediscover his potency going forward.

“I think if Pogba comes back he’ll make a difference to the way they play,” he said.

“He links the team together and I don’t think they have a good enough No 10 at the moment and that doesn’t help Lukaku either.

“Pogba will make a difference and be more positive. Lukaku is having to do a lot for himself but Pogba will make the difference.

“They are missing a player to knit the team together.”

Pogba’s presence doesn’t just mean that Lukaku will receive more pin-point balls over the top, but also galvanises United’s entire attacking dynamic – starting with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It is no coincidence that the Armenian hasn’t recorded a single assist since Pogba’s injury. The Frenchman’s incisive, forward-thinking influence in midfield naturally gives Mkhitaryan more time on the ball in better places. He moves the ball through the lines faster than most and drags defenders along with him as well.

And this is good new for Lukaku. Mkhitaryan having the ball further forward, with greater momentum behind him, opens up gaps in behind defenders and gives wide players an improved chance to attack the byline.

The bottom line, I guess, is that the entire side will feel more vibrant with Pogba back in the middle, and that benefits the man leading the attack, who desperately needs a change of luck.

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