Three men to solve Man United’s midfield woes this summer
Last summer, Manchester United parted with £89million to prise former youth team star Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford from Italian giants Juventus. The France international was expected to set the Premier League alight, and continue the fine form which saw United value him as the world’s most expensive player.
Pogba is a central midfielder; a man destined to play down the middle. At Juventus he proved he could consistently find the back of the net, and at United he has scored goals this season. There have been questions over exactly where Pogba should play in the middle of the park. Is he a holding midfielder, or should he be playing behind further forward? He has the ability on the ball to play behind a central striker, and in this forward role, would rack up goals and assists in abundance.
United already boast a world class striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but talk has been rife about the Red Devils’ interest in France striker, and Pogba’s close friend, Antoine Griezmann. Should Griezmann grace Old Trafford next season, the partnership that could form between himself and his international teammate could be something of legend.
However, if Pogba is to play a more forward role, who should partner Ander Herrera behind this plethora of attacking talent?
Marouane Fellaini has found himself in the role this season, as has Michael Carrick. Fellaini is not a long term option for this role by any means, with many United fans feeling it is time that the big Belgian moved on from Manchester.
Carrick has held the United midfield together for over a decade, but at 35-years-old, his time is coming to an end. High hopes were had for Morgan Schneiderlin, but the new Everton man did not have the ability to step up to the elite level at which United expect.
Many have been touted as possible options to replace the ageing Carrick in the middle, but these three players stand above the rest as realistic, reliable options for the role of Jose Mourinho’s midfield general…