21st April, 2019
As Manchester United travel to Everton today in their bid to garner three very important points, discussions have been on-going on just how important Paul Pogba is to this venture. This has made it necessary for the team coach Solskjaer to come out to clarify issues about the player’s role in the team.
According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United’s team will not be set up purely for Paul Pogba’s benefit but the other way round – the team’s benefit.
This is a continuation of the debate over how best to utilise Pogba’s undoubted talent which has frequently accompanied United’s highs and lows.
Sometime back, an apparent breakdown in relations with Jose Mourinho was followed by a sublime run of form from the France midfielder when Solskjaer took the reins earlier this season.
For some time now however, like many of his team-mates, there has been a cooling off in Pogba’s performances as United have lost five and won two of their past seven games in all competitions.
To make matters somewhat worse, fresh reports linking the 26-year-old to Real Madrid have proved an unwelcome distraction and Solskjaer maintains he will continue asking Pogba to do different jobs as the team requires.
“Everyone has got an opinion on Paul. And of course, together with Paul, we have sat down and discussed his positioning,” he told reporters.
“We know he can play as a 10 or a six, we know he can play in probably his preferred position as one of the three in midfield — high, like he did for us at the beginning, like he has done with Juventus.
“With France he has played as one of the two sitters, or one of the two central midfielders with N’Golo Kante.
“So that is the great thing with Paul. He can do both and what we have to to do with all the players is adjust to the games, what that game needs.”
Manchester United badly need the three points at stake today at Goodison Park with the Everton match preceding a potentially pivotal week in their bid for a top four place.
Thereafter, the up-coming Manchester derby against title-chasing City at Old Trafford precedes a home match versus Chelsea – games that are likely to call upon Pogba’s full skill set.
“Some games have needed Paul to drop back, sometimes it has needed him high up the field,” Solskjaer added.
“You can see teams now thinking more about what Paul’s position is and trying to stop him in that position.
“He is no different to others in that we tweak his position a little bit for the team’s benefit.”