Michael Carrick tipped to partner Paul Pogba at Manchester United next season

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Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has suggested that Manchester United should partner Michael Carrick alongside Paul Pogba in the centre of midfield next season. 

Pogba, 23, departed Old Trafford in favour of a move to Juventus back in 2012, but he has been heavily linked with a return to his former club. 

With Jose Mourinho in charge of the Red Devils, there appears to be every chance that Pogba will once again play his football in Manchester. 


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There's a long way to go in the saga, of course, but after landing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, fans will believe that Mourinho and co. can get the job done. 

And if that does happen, Higginbotham believes Carrick, who recently signed a new one-year deal with the club, would be his ideal partner. 


The former Manchester United defender stated, as per Sky Sports: "When I look at what Mourinho did when he was successful at Chelsea - when he won the league - he had Nemanja Matic sitting, which allowed Cesc Fabregas - who's not too defensively-minded - to get forward and dictate play. I think Mourinho will be thinking the same way; he wants that defensive-minded player to look after the centre-backs and the other player - I'd put Wayne Rooney there at the moment - to get forward.

"That may change with further signings; I fully expect another one or two to come in. Michael Carrick has just signed a new contract but if you're going to buy a Pogba or a Blaise Matuidi, you're not going to buy them to sit on the bench.

"Manchester United were very possession-based last season and they found teams difficult to break down. Mourinho will want pace in key areas to turn defence into attack much quicker and if they do manage to get a Pogba, that's what they'd get; they're very good running with the ball.

"Pogba's a brilliant all-rounder but if United did manage to bring him in, you'd probably want that defensive-minded player like Carrick alongside him. There are lots of options but Mourinho could then push Rooney further forward - he's said he sees him as a '9' or a '10' - and maybe move Mkhitaryan to the right of a forward three behind the frontman."

Pogba focus

For now, though, Pogba will be hoping to help France secure success at Euro 2016. The Juventus man will currently be gearing up for a major semi-final showdown against Germany at the Stade Velodrome.

Germany may well begin the game as slight favourites, but there's every chance that Pogba will inspire Didier Deschamps' side to further glory. 

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