After signing Paul Pogba for £89 million, Jose Mourinho was expected to build his side around the world’s most expensive player.
However, with the awkward situation with Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, Pogba has been used in a slightly deeper midfield role so far this season.
Manchester United captain Rooney was selected by Mourinho to start as a number 10 for the early part of the campaign, meaning Pogba has had to make do with a more conservative job in this United side.
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However, with Rooney finding himself on the substitutes bench in recent weeks for both club and country, the Frenchman now has the opportunity to fill the void left by the 30-year-old.
And the former Juventus star has sent a clear message to Mourinho ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Monday. Pogba starred for France against Netherlands during the international break, scoring a 30-yard screamer in a 1-0 victory and he’s informed the Special One the exact role he wants to be playing.
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“I try to adapt,” he said, per Manchester Evening News.
"I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
"I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
While Pogba has made it abundantly clear that he wants to play in an advanced role, it’s unlikely that Mourinho will grant his wishes - for the Liverpool match at least.
Rooney’s long-term future in Mourinho’s side may be in doubt but it would be difficult for the Portuguese boss to leave him out for a massive match against their arch-rivals. Having been born an Evertonian, Rooney despises Liverpool and would bring some much needed passion to the United side next Monday.
Also, he scored the winner in the same fixture last season and will be hoping to do so again. However, just six goals in 25 appearances against the Reds suggest that he doesn’t exactly have a good record against the Merseysiders.
But the 23-year-old Pogba is hoping Mourinho listens to his requests for the remainder of the campaign and starts using him in a more attacking sense. What that means for Rooney remains to be seen.
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