Bruno Fernandes’ potential absence could see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hand Paul Pogba a starting berth in a more advanced role for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool
The 28-year-old has certainly not hid his desire to play a more attacking role for club and country but has often been deployed either as an auxiliary wide midfielder in a deeper role.
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As far back as 2016 when he returned to Old Trafford after four trophy-laden years with Juventus, Pogba said: “I try to adapt [to playing a holding role under Jose Mourinho].
“I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
“I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like [ex-team-mate Andrea] Pirlo.
“I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
“We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juventus], in 5-3-2.
“I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation.
“In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend.”
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United’s abundance of attacking talent, particularly out wide, has made it difficult for Solskjaer to keep his forward-thinking men happy.
So, despite the Portuguese being a big miss on paper for United, it may well allow Pogba to shine.