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Paul Pogba must be played further forward for Manchester United... but the form of Jesse Lingard is denying him a chance to operate with freedom

February 11, 2018 10:30 PM
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When he was at Chelsea, Mourinho had players he deemed ‘untouchable’ but at Old Trafford, Pogba is finding his place in the team increasingly less secure.

Pogba has suffered from the fact that Jesse Lingard is prospering in this Manchester United team.

The Frenchman is at his best when he is in the final third hitting shots, going at defenders, being creative and making those buccaneering runs into the box.

At Juventus, he would often have a midfielder like Andrea Pirlo sitting deeper which allowed him to express himself higher up the pitch.

He cannot do that when he is made to play deeper but the form of Lingard is keeping him from that more advanced position.

People say Jose Mourinho does not develop young players but under his watch Lingard has been playing exceptionally well.

Against Newcastle, Pogba wanted to show Mourinho that he could be a disciplined midfielder. As our graphic shows, he touched the ball just once in the opposition penalty area and did not have a single shot or create a chance.

But in that position Pogba looks anonymous. He does not look happy, does not flourish and there is no joy in his performance.

He becomes just another player and we do not see the qualities that prompted United to buy him back for £89million.


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