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Pogba looks likely to play central midfield.

Jose Mourinho reveals his plans for Paul Pogba this season

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Now that Manchester United have finally captured the services of Paul Pogba, attention has turned to how he will fit into his current side.

After the £89million move, the Frenchman is now the world’s most expensive footballer in history so Jose Mourinho will surely be planning to build his team around him.

But where will the club’s number 6 play? And who will play alongside him?

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While it’s impossible to second-guess the Special One, he may have given away how he plans on setting up his midfield this season.

Mourinho lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the Community Shield. With Pogba having the ability to play as one of the two central midfield players, or in a more advanced role, it's unknown where the former Juventus player will actually play.

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Pogba - the second midfield player

However, before the Pogba move was officially confirmed, Mourinho admitted that he was missing a “second midfield player” - something that is surely resolved with the signing of the 23-year-old.

"We don't [didn't] have what I used to call the second midfield player. The one that is strong enough, is powerful enough, has defensive intensity but at the same time has creativity, has goals, has arrival into finishing areas. He drives the midfield forward,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

"We have passers, we don't have runners with the ball. So he's a profile of player we found.”

So, those comments strongly suggest that Pogba will be used as a central midfielder.

But who will he be playing alongside?

Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera will all be vying for the spot next to Pogba and it seems the Portuguese favours one man in particular.

Mourinho hints at Carrick

"We have Michael Carrick, 34 or 35-year-old-man. Stable, intelligent, to play as one man in front of the defenders, give us all the stability, he knows everything. Tactically very intelligent,” he said.

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He also talked about the options of using Schneiderlin and Herrera in the central positions while naming the three players that could operate as a Number 10.

Other options

"We have people like Schneiderlin, Herrera, also play as that, they have experience of the Premier League but after that we have Number 10s. Mata we have, we have possibly Rooney, we have Mkhitaryan, we have number 10s,” he said.

One midfielder that is highly unlikely to be forming any sort of partnership with Pogba is Bastian Schweinsteiger. Mourinho has deemed the German surplus to requirements and, if United can find a potential suitor, he will leave the club this summer.

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Marouane Fellaini may have started the Community Shield on Sunday but, after not being mentioned as a possible central midfielder by Mourinho, may find first-team football hard to come by. His case certainly wasn’t helped after his horrific back-pass that allowed Jamie Vardy to equalise at Wembley.

So, Pogba and Carrick in midfield with Rooney ahead of them looks to be Mourinho’s preferred choice ahead of the upcoming season. Not to mention the likes of Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic going forward.

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