It was always going to be difficult for Paul Pogba in his first few months at Manchester United.
The Frenchman became the world’s most expensive player when he returned to Old Trafford in a deal worth £89 million, and there was a lot of pressure on his young shoulders to perform instantly.
Ever since his high-profile move from Juventus, every performance has been scrutinised with him receiving plenty of criticism for his performances in general.
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However, it’s not just his displays at the Theatre of Dreams that has been widely discussed. Many pundits are actually questioning Pogba’s best position with Mourinho seemingly intent on playing him in a midfield two.
Pogba was allowed to play in a more attacking role for the Old Lady during his four years there and it seems he’s already slightly frustrated with having a lot of defensive responsibilities at United.
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Pogba wants to attack
After scoring for France against Netherlands last week, he claimed that he would rather ‘go forward.’
“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.”
Henry on Pogba
And it seems as though Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry agrees with him. Ahead of tonight’s titanic clash against Liverpool, Henry believes that Pogba is at his best when he’s playing in a more advancing position and has told Mourinho that he should utilise him closer to the opponents' goal.
“He enjoyed playing where he used to play at Juventus but for me he is better when he is in and around the opposition box," he said.
“He didn’t have to do a lot defensively at Juventus, that’s when Pogba is at his best.
“I think he has the quality to become one of the best. He is going to need to find what he is good at.”
With Rooney reportedly remaining on the bench for the match at Anfield, Pogba may well have the chance to operate in a number 10 role. He will just be hoping he can start doing his talking on the pitch. A dazzling display against Liverpool to earn his side three points would be the perfect way to start paying back his massive transfer fee.