Where is Paul Pogba’s best position?’ has been the seemingly unanswerable question since his arrival at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho does not yet seem to have the solution, according to Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness saying this month that he is “a country mile from being a great player” and he has an “inability to grasp the responsibility that comes with being a central midfielder”.
So how does Mourinho get the best from Pogba? He could do worse than ask his opposite number this Sunday when Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League.
In a very contrasting view, Antonio Conte worked and got it right with Paul Pogba while in Juventus.
Conte signed Pogba as a 19-year-old from United in 2012 when he was the head coach of Juventus and worked with him for the next two years.
In his first year under Conte, Pogba started 18 Serie A games, in his second he started 45 matches in all competitions.
Juventus won Serie A by 11 points in the first season, in the second they broke the 100-point mark and won by 17 points. Paul became a key figure.
“Conte has done nothing but pushes me,” said Pogba after his debut season in Turin.
“It is easy to end up nowhere, so I have to keep working hard.
It is my first year, but the coach has shown he is not afraid to give me a chance, and that age does not mean a thing.”
It says much about Pogba’s progress under Conte, and then Massimiliano Allegri, that he joined Juventus on a free transfer and left as the world’s most expensive player.
Perhaps Mourinho needs to look back to see how to get the best out of the Frenchman going forward.
So, what are your thoughts? as Sevilla hosts Manchester United tonight in the UEFA Champions League round of 16…
Where should Pogba play?
Left of a three? Middle of a three? Pushed further forward?