Originality is a trait that wins football matches and in the case of Paul Pogba, he didn’t have as much of an ingenious impact on Sunday's win over Wolves because of his position.
United came away with the three points courtesy of a gorgeous finish from 19-year-old Mason Greenwood. But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stunned followers with his initial line-up.
Daniel James started on the right, whilst Jadon Sancho was established as a left-sided winger, which meant that Pogba was back in the middle of the pitch.
Similar to his stance for France, Pogba found himself in the box-to-box role, sitting alongside Fred.
With Raphael Varane rendering his debut for the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt United had more independence to be striking in the middle of the park, so Pogba was given the licence to perform.
In the opening two games of the season, Pogba commenced the left of United’s attack and had a free role, being authorized to glide towards the centre of the 18-yard-box. This was eventually an effective scheme, as he delivered five assists.
Nevertheless, he battled to get into the game at Molineux Perhaps he had to adapt. Maybe he just had a bad day. The fact is that Pogba, so far this season (and for much of last), looks better utilised off the left as thwarted to the deeper midfield position.
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