Pogba to play out of position as Solskjaer accommodates new signing
August 9, 2020 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during training [Sascha Steinbach/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo]

Paul Pogba will be asked to fill a deeper role for Manchester United to accommodate new signing Donny van de Beek.

That’s according to Rio Ferdinand, who reckons the introduction of the Holland international will lead to the World Cup winner being played out of position.

The Red Devils splashed out £35million on Van de Beek this summer and the midfielder is expected to slot straight into United’s midfield.

The problem facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that in order to get the best out of Van de Beek he is going to have to shift either Pogba or Bruno Fernandes.

And Ferdinand fears it will be the Frenchman.

“Well, that is the big question, I think,” Ferdinand told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Pogba to play out of position as Solskjaer accommodates new signing
Bournemouth’s English midfielder Dan Gosling (L) fights for the ball with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R0 during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Dave Thompson / POOL / AFP)

“Listen, if you say you’re going to play your best players in that midfield and you’re going to play three, then you’d say Paul Pogba playing in the holding role and [Bruno] Fernandes and Van de Beek being the guys that are playing around that, a bit more free and able to move around and create.

“Is that Paul Pogba’s best position? I would argue not. But you have to look at what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to do. Does he want his best players on the pitch or is he talking about players fitting in a system?

“I think that’s the intriguing part for me going into the season from Man United’s perspective in terms of the signing that they made, that player.

“Is he just going to be named as one of the best players in the team and he’s going to play, or are we going to say we want the system for the players to fit into.

“It’s a big call and that remains to be seen, but I still think Manchester United will have some sort of movement and there will be additions in this squad going into the season.”

 

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