Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Paul Pogba could still be deployed in forward positions at times this summer.
The Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant spell under the Norwegian last season, scoring and assisting goals for fun. He also finished as the club’s highest goalscorer last season.
However, Pogba has now played in a deeper role, in a two-man pivot since the start of the Premier League. Playing deeper jas affected his goalscoring and assist-making chances; he alao failed to convert a penalty against Wolverhampton last summer.
Asked if Paul Pogba had massive pressure on his shoulders to deliver, Solskjaer said,
“I think Scott [McTominay] has played well in midfield, definitely. We’ve still got Nemanja [Matic] and Fred, who hasn’t been involved, and Andreas [Pereira] has played more advanced.”
“Some games, I’m sure we’ll see Paul higher up the pitch as well and, so far, I’ve been very pleased with his performances. There are other players who have to step up, yes definitely, but so far, so good.”
“We can all see Paul was disappointed when he missed a penalty. He doesn’t deserve this. He is, as I’ve said so many times, and he’s said it himself, when you sign for Man United, you become a Manc and, once a Manc, is always a Manc, and he gives his absolute everything for the club every week.”
“He expects a lot from himself as well, so it doesn’t frustrate me. We expect a lot from him, but we know we can’t get Roy Keane, [Juan Sebastian] Veron, [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs, [Eric] Cantona in one player. It’s hard, but he’s a top, top player.”
“I know people expect him to do absolutely everything on a football pitch, but he’s got so many qualities that we’re seeing different qualities from Paul this year, compared to last season, and he’s a leader in the group. So, I expect the fans to be behind him, yes.”
The Red Devils are set to face Crystal Palace at home today.