Gary Neville has highlighted a potential solution for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he wants to play Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s midfield.
United boss Solskjaer has a wealth of talent at his disposal in the middle of the park. Indeed, Donny van de Beek‘s arrival means there are six players all fighting for a spot in the midfield.
Upon Bruno Fernandes’ arrival, there was great anticipation about a pairing with Paul Pogba. However, while Solskjaer has played the two together on occasion, they have not cemented their partnership.
In fact, the manager has opted to field Fred and Scott McTominay behind Fernandes most often this season. Pogba, meanwhile, has played in a similar defensive pair with Nemanja Matic.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville claimed that following Pep Guardiola’s lead at Manchester City could act as a solution to forge a strong partnership between Pogba and Fernandes.
“I think it’s a problem when you have £150m worth of midfielders (Pogba and Donny van de Beek) sitting on the bench,” the pundit said.
“You’ve got a player that’s won a World Cup, has been dominant in Europe with Juventus and is Manchester United’s record signing (Pogba) but he can’t get into the team at the moment.
“Me and Patrice Evra disagreed before the game on Saturday. Patrice was disappointed with the team because he felt United were rotating and that wasn’t the strongest team but I think Ole on Saturday felt that was the strongest team.
“I’ve never understood why he hasn’t tried – and maybe he’s looked in training and hasn’t liked it – one sitter with Pogba & Fernandes in front like (Kevin) De Bruyne & (David) Silva.”
Pogba would have freedom
“Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were not disciplined midfield players before Guardiola came to Manchester City – he made them into that,” Neville added. “So that’s the only system I can see where it’s obvious that he can get them two into position.
“More often than not he’s played Matic and Pogba sitting alongside each other with Fernandes in front.
“Pogba can’t play there well because in that position you need to be disciplined but in a one and a two I think you can have a bit more freedom to run forward.”
United are back in action on Wednesday when they face RB Leipzig in the Champions League.