Paul Pogba’s best position is on the bench, says ex-France star

Date published: Monday 2nd November 2020 1:47 - Matthew Briggs

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Former Chelsea and France international Frank Leboeuf thinks it would be best for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bench Paul Pogba.

The 27-year-old started the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and held his hand up after giving away the crucial penalty in the second half.

Pogba had been benched for the last two Premier League games; his last start was the 6-1 hammering by Tottenham.

The France World Cup winner also gave away a penalty against Spurs and his season has started poorly.

Host broadcaster Sky Sports rated Pogba a 4/10 and claimed: “…struggled in transition and frequently dispossessed, then naively clipped Bellerin after getting on the wrong side to concede the penalty that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dispatched. Infuriating again.”

Asked about United’s form and Pogba’s status at Old Trafford Leboeuf told ESPN: “I don’t know if there is any explanation [for United’s form].

“It was a random win against Leipzig and a lucky one.

“What we have seen in the Premier League is not good enough from Manchester United. The level drops dramatically.

 

 

“It was very strange to see that diamond midfield because Solskjaer wanted Pogba in the middle of the park, where he is clearly a problem because he changed him in the second half, putting him on the left wing almost.

“He doesn’t know what to do with Pogba. Solskjaer has to rethink his position, maybe the best position for Pogba right now is on the bench.”

Scholes: United pair played like centre-backs

Meanwhile, Paul Scholes has taken aim at United pair Scott McTominay and Fred after the 1-0 defeat.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a midfield diamond against the Gunners, but they never got a foothold in the game.

The hosts did edge possession with 53%, but Scholes says they were far too defensive and never tested Bernd Leno.

Arsenal deserved their win, which was given to them by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the penalty spot.

And former United midfielder Scholes was fuming with the performances of midfield pair McTominay and Fred.

“It’s as poor as I’ve seen Manchester United at Old Trafford to be honest with you,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

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