Throughout the international break, Paul Pogba dropped several hints that he wanted to play in a more advanced role for Manchester United.
So, after Wayne Rooney remained on the substitutes bench for the clash against Liverpool on Monday, the Frenchman was given the ideal opportunity to impress in the number 10 position.
With Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini playing behind him, Pogba was given more freedom to attack against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, the world’s most expensive footballer failed to produce the goods as the two sides played out a drab 0-0 draw. Only once did Pogba conjure up anything of note when he swung in a brilliant cross for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who got his header all wrong.
However, it seems as though his manager Jose Mourinho wasn’t too impressed with Pogba’s display. He admits that he expected more from him in that role as he knew that if they had managed to score one goal, they would have won the game.
“Had it been 1-0 it would have been finished,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports.
“Where Pogba was I was expecting more penetration.”
Pogba certainly hasn’t set the world alight since his return to Old Trafford this summer with many criticising his performances during the first few months.
However, some have also blamed Mourinho for employing him in a midfield two - something that limits his ability to get forward.
After scoring the winner for France against Netherlands during the international break, Pogba sent a message to Mourinho about how he wanted to attack more.
“I try to adapt,” he said, per Manchester Evening News.
"I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
"I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
But, when given the chance to perform in a more advanced role, it seems as though Mourinho wasn’t convinced with his performance. Whether he’ll be dropped back to a midfield two or continue in that number 10 blue remains to seen but he needs to start doing his talking on the pitch.
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