Manchester United favourite Wayne Rooney believes Jose Mourinho should offer Paul Pogba with more freedom in midfield by opting for a 4-3-3 formation. The France international excelled on the left side of a three-man midfield versus Everton at the turn of the year, but the manager has since restricted from playing a similar formation in order to accommodate an additional attacker.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme, Rooney feels Pogba is more accustomed to being a box-to-box midfielder, and the Frenchman should have more freedom to romp forward with the presence of an additional player at the centre of the park.
He said: “For me Paul Pogba is a classic box-to-box player. He can do a bit of everything really well. If he has that freedom where he doesn’t have to think too much about his defensive role he can cause mayhem. At Juventus he had [Andrea] Pirlo alongside him. With [Nemanja] Matic and another alongside him, on the left of a three in midfield, that will certainly get the best out of him.”
Pogba was a surprise exclusion from the starting lineup during United’s 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town where Scott McTominay was picked to partner Nemanja Matic at the heart of the midfield. Nevertheless, we may see the Frenchman back in the first XI for the trip to Newcastle United, where he ought to put in a strong reaction in order to prove his critics wrong.
Despite an injury-hampered campaign, the 24-year-old has had a relatively good spell in the United first-team, and he has notched three goals and 10 assists in just 21 matches across all competitions (whoscored).