Ryan Giggs tells Jose Mourinho where he should play Paul Pogba
Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho needs to deploy Paul Pogba on the left side of midfield to get the best out of his club record signing.
Pogba was left out of the United side for last Saturday’s game against Huddersfield after a poor performance in the 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at Wembley, yet United legend Giggs suggests the French international could be at his best in the wide role after he impressed in during the 2-0 win against Everton on New Year’s Day.
“One of the best games Pogba had was the Everton game when he was on the left of (Nemanja) Matic - in a similar position to the one he played at Juventus - and Ander Herrera was on the right,” Wales manager Giggs told Sky Sports.
“I think that position where he’s on the left of a midfield three is where he’s at his best. He’s a brilliant crosser of the ball and I don’t think he’s as effective when he’s having to do more defensive work in central areas.
“I would like to see him in a 4-3-3 with Matic sitting, Herrera to the right and Pogba to the left, with a selection of the front three thriving off more creativity behind them.”
Giggs went on to suggest the current United forward line is now as potent as Manchester City’s following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but he admits Mourinho needs to find the right balance in his line-up.
“Manchester United’s attacking players are, without a shadow of a doubt, capable of winning the Premier League next season,” he added. “They’ve got pace, guile, goals, experience and make up a really top forward line.
“I would say the forward line is as good as Manchester City’s, but the difference is the way of playing, with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva behind consistently finding the front three for City.
Jose is finding out who can play where. Sanchez played on the right for Barcelona so I don’t think it is set in stone that he’ll play on the left every game.
“I also think Jose has different options for different games. When you need a counter-attacking team then you go with (Romelu) Lukaku, (Anthony) Martial and (Marcus) Rashford, but then Juan Mata plays when United need his creativity to break teams down.
“The main problem for Rashford is his best position is as a striker and it doesn’t look as though he’s going to get in ahead of Lukaku. He was very good in that position against Yeovil but ultimately he’s not going to get as many goals over a season as Lukaku.
“However, I can’t see Rashford looking at his future at the moment. He’ll get enough games across the four competitions, but the issues are when he isn’t involved in the big games.”
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