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Bryan Robson picks his favoured Man United midfield combination

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The major source of Jose Mourinho's many problems at Manchester United has stemmed from the Portuguese's inability to work out his strongest XI.

Six months into his tenure at Old Trafford and Mourinho is still no closer to finding the right combination of players required to get the Red Devils back in the top four.

The £89 million arrival of Paul Pogba was supposed to answer the fans' prayers for a midfielder who could dominate the game from deep but his quality on the ball has been inconsistent at best.

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Mourinho should certainly accept some of the blame for his big star's failings after continuously tweaking his position and central midfield partners from game to game.

But a man who knows the pressure Pogba is currently under has urged the United boss to stick with the midfield trio that brought them a recent triumph over Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

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Bryan Robson was one of the most expensive players around when he moved to Old Trafford in 1981 for £1.5m.

And he similarly struggled during his first campaign at the club before going on to become a club legend.

The former captain believes Mourinho could get the best from Pogba by selecting Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick alongside him.

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"I've got to say I really liked the balance of the midfield in the City game where Herrera was the one side of Michael Carrick and Pogba the other side," Robson said, as per the Manchester Evening News.

"I thought that was a real nice balance and the boys played particularly well in the second half of that game."

Carrick's name has been thrown around for nearly a month now as someone who deserves more chances in the first team as he has been limited to starting in the Red Devils' various cup clashes so far this season.

Meanwhile, Herrera has been one of the few whose stock has actually risen since Mourinho was appointed.

But Robson will have to wait a bit longer before seeing the pair reunited with Pogba after Carrick wasn't included in Man United's squad to face Fenerbahce on Thursday.

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That's presumably because he is being rested to replace the suspended Herrera for Sunday's Premier League trip to Swansea.

Regardless, Robson is sympathetic to Pogba's current predicament and suggests the Frenchman simplifies his game over the next few weeks.

He added: "Going back to my own days when I was signed for £1.5m, a transfer record, I think sometimes you try too hard, try to do things you wouldn’t normally try to do.

“Then once you’ve been in (a while) you just relax, get back to your basics.

"I think that’s all Paul needs to do - get back to basics, enjoy his football, not be worrying about the transfer fee and I’m sure his form will come on because he does have the ability.”

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Paul Pogba
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Michael Carrick
Bryan Robson
Ander Herrera

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