Over recent times, it has been more than clear that Paul Pogba and Manchester United may not have been a match by any certain way. A ‘defensive playing style, the ‘wrong personal’ and even a rumoured faked injury are just a few of the reason thrown around why the World Cup winner’s performances have been below par. Despite this, since the Premier League’s restart following the COVID pandemic, Pogba seems to be rejuvenated and more than comfortable in the United midfield three and here is why.
During the transfer window United brought in the highly sought-after Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes for a reported initial fee of £47 million. Since his big money transfer, he has been United’s savoir scoring 5 goals in 8 Premier League appearances, but most importantly has formed a formidable midfield three of himself, Pogba and Nemanja Matic.
Since the restart we have started to see Pogba slowly returning to the football we all know he can play and Fernandes is pivotal to this, as a player who lives to create, be it space or a chance for his teammates, Fernandes is a player that flows across the pitch. With Matic playing the holding midfield role he knows so well, it allows Pogba to complement Fernandes. It is a simple combination of Fernandes can either create space for Pogba to pick out his wingers or strikers, such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford or make runs to become an extra option for that pass. This along side Pogba knowing his defensive duties are covered at the time by Matic allows him the freedom to do what he does best.
Manchester United have been in strong form since the restart as their quest for Champions League football is underway, this midfield three is absolutely key to their challenge and they might just have unlocked the Paul Pogba that’s at the top of his game along the way.
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