Paul Pogba signs for Manchester United: Mourinho's potential midfield

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The Paul Pogba transfer saga has come to an end and Manchester United have got their man for a reported fee for £89 million. 

Indeed, just four years after the midfielder departed Old Trafford in favour of a free transfer to Italian giants Juventus, the Red Devils have re-signed him for a world-record fee. 

Pogba, 23, has gone from strength-to-strength in Turin and is now widely regarded as one of the leading midfielders in world football.


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The midfielder may well have failed to truly prove his credentials during Euro 2016, but it's fair to say that he would completely change the dynamic of the United team.

New Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has already secured the services of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the transfer window, but Pogba really could be the missing piece of his jigsaw in Manchester.

Midfield options 

As it stands, of course, the club have the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini battling it out in the middle of the park.

But which player should star alongside Pogba next season? Well, we think we have the answer. 

Potential Man United midfield

First thing's first, here's what we believe will be Mourinho's best potential midfield quartet at United next term...

  • Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

The elite 

Why, then, have we opted for the following four players? 

In all honesty, the wide-men very much pick themselves. Henrikh Mkhitaryan only joined the ranks at the Theatre of Dreams earlier this summer and will surely have a key role to play on the right-hand side of midfield. 

He was sensational for German outfit Borussia Dortmund last term and there's every chance that he will quickly adapt to life on English soil. 

Martial, on the other hand, is one of the most exciting young forward thinking players in world football. He may well have failed to secure a regular role for France during Euro 2016, but he shouldn't be underestimated and could play a leading role under Mourinho's regime. 

And then there's Pogba's potential midfield partner. Mourinho certainly has a lot to think about, but the ideal player to partner him could be his compatriot, Schneiderlin. 

In all honesty, it has been a tricky past year for the ex-Southampton man, who failed to play a single minute for France at Euro 2016. 

Ultimately, though, Schneiderlin's credentials shouldn't be dismissed at this stage and he deserves a shot at redemption under Mourinho. Alongside Pogba at the heart of United's midfield, he could once again hit top form and would allow his countryman to enjoy a far more attacking role at the Theatre of Dreams. Pogba must be handed the license to attack and Schneiderlin could accompany him perfectly. 

It's a midfield quartet that should frighten United's rivals. 

There are, of course, alternative options for Mourinho. 

Let's take a look at the other possible ways United could line-up next season: 

5 in the midfield 

Mourinho could opt to play five midfielders next season, handing Juan Mata a role on the right-hand side of midfield, while moving Mkhitaryan into a more central position. 

  • Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata

Rooney in a midfield 5

Mourinho quickly dismissed the notion that Rooney is a midfielder, but playing the England captain in the middle of the park can't be ruled out completely. The United boss could move Martial up front, leaving a space on the left-hand side of midfield.

  • Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

Pogba and Lingard reunited 

It would also be wrong to completely overlook Jesse Lingard. The versatile midfielder enjoyed  a prominent role in the side last season and would surely flourish playing alongside Pogba once again. The duo enjoyed great success at youth level and could be about to do the same for the first-team at Old Trafford. 

  • Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard

Manchester United fans: name the midfield you want to see Mourinho utilise next season. 

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