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Darren Fletcher's MNF analysis of Paul Pogba at Manchester United was fascinating

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Getting the best out of Paul Pogba has been one of Jose Mourinho's most perplexing challenges at Manchester United.

For half an hour against Bournemouth on Saturday, it looked as though we might be in for one of the Frenchman's more underwhelming performances.

That was before he came alive in the second half, spearheading the Red Devils' comeback.

The 25-year-old created twice as many chances as any other United player, shining on the left of a three-man midfield.

Just as it looked as though Mourinho's men would have to settle for a point, Pogba's run and dummy allowed him into space before he found Marcus Rashford with a cross for the match-winner.

Is that Pogba's best position? Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher, former United midfielder Darren Fletcher suggested it is.

Pogba's best position 

“I like to see him in the final third and creating things," Fletcher explained.

“He played for Juventus [on the left] and I spoke before about his connection with [Anthony] Martial.

"Pogba can easily drift out wide. He can also get in the box, he’s a big lad. I’d love to see him with a bit more freedom to express himself.”

Fletcher, of course, knows him well from their time together at Old Trafford when Pogba was a teenager.

Sir Alex Ferguson ultimately sold him to Juventus for less than £1million, before the club bought him back four years later for a then-world record £90m.

Fletcher has mixed memories 

And Fletcher had the chance to watch him very closely when he was allowed to coach United's reserves.

Pogba was key to United's victory against Bournemouth

“The first time I spent out with my illness I did a spell coaching the reserve team when it included Pogba, [Jesse] Lingard, [Ravel] Morrison and we played him higher up the pitch in attacking areas," Fletcher added.

“We felt like he was the one who would win us game, coupled with the fact he was ill-disciplined in the middle of the park. It goes back to a famous game when we felt like he left off the back of against Blackburn.

“Paul was on the bench and the boss picked Park Ji-Sung and Phil Jones in midfield. We didn’t think he was disciplined enough for the reserve team, never mind the first team at that time.”

It all sounds very familiar. Pogba was criticised in the 2-1 win over Everton, first for his penalty run-up and later, for giving the ball away cheaply in midfield in the build-up to the Toffees' spot-kick.

Even most of his biggest admirers admit the four-time Serie A winner still has a lot to learn, but there were huge positives to take from this weekend's display.

Are you happy with Pogba's performances this season? Have your say in the comments. 

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