Sky Sports’ duo Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were raving about Paul Pogba on last night’s Monday Night Football.
The Frenchman produced a sublime display in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Stoke, producing two assists and running the game from midfield.
Man United fans can’t stop laughing at the fact that Pogba now has the same number of assists in the Premier League as Kevin De Bruyne (9), despite playing 837 fewer minutes than the Manchester City star.
“When he’s got that freedom to roam, he really is the magic, you want to get him on the ball as much as possible,” Neville said.
“There are very few central midfielders than can beat a man, the vision, take the ball on the back foot, he’s a really good player.”
Pogba played alongside Nemanja Matic at the base of a two-man midfield and against Stoke, who are currently 18th in the table and were lead by Eddie Niedzwiecki last night, Jose Mourinho’s side controlled proceedings with ease.
But Carragher thinks problems will arise against tougher opposition.
Carragher makes a good point about Pogba
The Liverpool legend believes Pogba remains a liability in a two-man midfield, and that Mourinho can get the best out of him with three players in the middle.
“He’s that good at what he does that you have to accept the deficiencies, because I don’t think he’s ever going to change,” Carragher said.
“You asked him what the manager said at half-time, and he basically told him to play deeper. And this was against Stoke!
“And Stoke were getting chances in that game. You say you can get away with it in these games and you can because Stoke don’t have the quality to finish.
“I still believe in a two-man midfield in big games, they’ll have major problems.
“I go back to the Arsenal game, when De Gea was fantastic. Arsenal had 33 shots, but Pogba was fantastic going forwards but he’s a bit of a liability in the middle of that pitch.
“You think if you were going to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich or Barcelona, certainly away from home - probably at home as well - that could cause you a problem. So don’t put him there.
“You’d have to play a three-man midfield to get the best out of him because… I mean, some of the things he can do with the ball, the talent, the power he’s got, it’s sensational.”
Carragher makes a valid point. With two midfielders alongside him, the 24-year-old will have much more freedom to create.
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