After months of talk and speculation, the biggest transfer story of the summer is finally over. Paul Pogba has officially joined Manchester United from Juventus in a world record £89 million move.
Everyone knew that the deal was going to happen; it was just a case of when, rather than if. But finally, after one of the most drawn out transfer saga’s in recent memory; Pogba is officially a United player.
Given the hype and fee surrounding the player, you would expect him to immediately become a mainstay in the Man United first team, but who will join him?
It is an interesting topic of discussion, as whilst Man United often choose to utilise a 4-2-3-1 formation, Pogba himself is more proficient as part of a rigid midfield. On top of this, there has been talk of Jose Mourinho wanting to utilise Wayne Rooney as part of a two man attack, rather than using the English forward as a number 10.
As a result, might we see a shift in formation at the side? Perhaps to a 4-4-2?
From a midfield perspective, United definitely have the talent; and many would argue that their four man midfield might become the best in the country.
With that, is this Manchester United’s DREAM midfield, including Paul Pogba?
Whilst a natural forward, Anthony Martial has spent the majority of his time at Man United on the left hand side of an attacking midfield.
He hit the ground running on the left hand side, becoming proficient going forward and showing signs of improvement in the defensive side of his game. You would back him to do the exact same if he were pushed slightly further back onto the left hand side of the midfield.
Jose Mourinho is a demanding manager, expecting 100% offensively and defensively from his players, and so the adjustment for Martial will not be easy.
But like everything he has been tasked with since coming to England; expect Martial to excel with flying colours.
The golden boy. The most expensive player in world football.
You would expect Pogba to walk straight into the United first team, and he will immediately bring the quality of this side up.
Offering defensive stability and proving a significant threat going forward, Pogba really is the complete midfielder.
Playing slightly further up the pitch, in the middle of a four man midfield, will allow United to get the best out of Pogba in both sides of his game.
Expect lots of dribbling, tricks, and a whole lot of long shots.
Morgan Schneiderlin has had a hard time of it since joining Manchester United, and despite not starting for the side in the Community Shield – expect him to find his way back into the first team as the season progresses.
Playing alongside Pogba, Schneiderlin will contrast his style of play with more of a simple play style, offering offensive passes and also covering for his French compatriot when he rampages forward.
This pair could form the core of the French national team for the next few years; and expect them to do the same for United.
Maybe the best central midfield pairing in England? A Carrick and Fellaini pivot duo is going to become a thing of the past.
Manchester United’s newest winger, signed for £21m from Borussia Dortmund, Henrik Mkhitaryan exploded onto the scene during pre-season, quickly becoming one of the standout players in the pre-season squad.
He will likely need a few games to adjust to Premier League life, but once that process is complete; expect him to dominate the right hand side.
Like Martial, Mkhitaryan naturally plays further forward than he will in this formation; but there is no better manager to train him in the defensive side of the game than Jose Mourinho.
Expect big things from the Armenian captain.