Robbie Savage: Jose Mourinho's biggest problem at Man Utd involves Paul Pogba

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Finding a solution to Wayne Rooney's poor form at Manchester United is undoubtedly one of Jose Mourinho's priorities at the moment.

Three-successive games starting on the bench epitomises the England international's recent decline, especially so after Mourinho claimed he needs to protect him.

At 30-years-old, the simple fact of the matter is that Rooney shouldn't need protecting.


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However, according to BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage, Mourinho has an even bigger problem on his hands at the Theatre of Dreams.

A problem bigger than having to drop your talismanic captain? Surely not.

In Savage's opinion (see below), it's working out who to play alongside Paul Pogba in midfield that's the most pressing issue for Mourinho.

Speaking in the build-up to United's clash with Stoke City on Sunday, he said: "I think the biggest problem he's got is working out who to partner with Pogba.

"Away from home in the big games, can you play [Ander] Herrera and Pogba? Two players who do like to get forward. I wouldn't say Herrera is defensively minded.

"I don't think you can play [Marouane] Fellaini with Pogba at all. Unless it's the EFL Cup and they're playing an awful team.

"I don't think Fellaini's a central midfield player at all for this football club.

"We're talking about Manchester United here. I don't think for a club of this size, you can play Fellaini with Pogba. Herrera away from home maybe not, so I think the problem is, who's partnering Pogba?"

Mourinho opted to start Herrera and Pogba alongside each other against Stoke, with the latter missing two clear-cut chances in the first half.

The first came 15 minutes in, when Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard linked up brilliantly to put Pogba through on goal, but he fluffed his lines.

Five minutes later and the Frenchman had another golden opportunity to break the deadlock but couldn't direct his free header on goal from Daley Blind's corner.

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