Man Utd Have Already Signed the ‘Next Patrick Vieira’
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could emulate Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, according to Danny Higginbotham.
The former Red Devil believes that the Frenchman’s performances could be much improved by changing his position in the team, and allowing him more freedom going forward.
Jose Mourinho has utilised the 23-year-old in a midfield two, or as no.10, but Higginbotham believes a midfield three of the Ballon d’Or nominee with two holding players could bring out the best of him.
‘Pogba has the attributes to be a Patrick Vieira-type player. He is a lot quicker than he looks when he gets into his stride. But if he plays as a No 10 with his back to goal he can’t run into space, which is his strength,’ Higginbotham wrote in The Sun.
‘At Juventus, whether they played with a back three under Antonio Conte or a four under Max Allegri, he was part of a midfield three, normally on the left side of the trio. He played with Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo or Sami Khedira sitting in front of the defence, which gave him the licence to go forward.
‘The more energy he brings to the game, the better he is, driving forward and linking up. And that’s where former England man Michael Carrick can help bring the best out of him.
‘The decision for Jose Mourinho is whether they play with two defensive midfielders or just one.
‘He can choose two from Carrick, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin, and whoever is in, it still allows Pogba a free role to join higher up the pitch. Carrick can play as the lone holder, too, with Herrera also free to go box to box as well as Pogba.’