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Man Utd star Paul Pogba ‘hates’ new deeper role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and wants to play further forward

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Man Utd star Paul Pogba 'hates' new deeper role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and wants to play further forward
The Frenchman wants to play in a more advanced role with greater freedom (Picture: Getty)

Paul Pogba is in danger of becoming a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the Manchester United midfielder unhappy with the withdrawn role he is being asked to play, according to reports.

The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the new Premier League season, conceding 11 goals in their first three matches – including a joint worst-ever defeat against Tottenham in their last outing.

Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic were both hauled off at half-time in the match with Solskjaer far from happy, and the midfield is becoming a big issue for the Norwegian coach.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes is believed to have been annoyed that he was subbed off against Spurs (Picture: Getty)

According to The Independent, there is a degree of friction brewing over United’s midfield setup with Pogba particularly at odds with the role he has been given.

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The arrival of Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January saw Pogba pushed back into a deeper role, most often alongside Matic, with the Portuguese given all the freedom to get forward that was previously bestowed on the Frenchman – even taking over penalty duties.

While the new-look midfield initially worked well, with United going on a run of form that secured Champions League qualification, their more recent struggles have exposed some issues.

Pogba is said to ‘hate’ playing in the more withdrawn role and feels he should be the player granted the more advanced position currently occupied by Fernandes.

In order to find a better balance in the squad, Solskjaer is seriously considering dropping one of the pair so he can play a more disciplined and combative sitting duo behind his advanced midfielder.

Paul Pogba Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Pogba prefers playing in a more advanced role with greater freedom (Picture: Getty)

Donny van de Beek could come into the midfield pivot, though he mainly played an attacking, box-to-box role for Ajax – with Solskjaer believing his best quality is his nose for goal – which is similar to the role both Pogba and Fernandes want to play.

It has previously been suggested that Pogba could play as the deepest midfielder in a trio with Fernandes and Van de Beek ahead of him, though that now looks extremely unlikely to ever happen.

Solskjaer is not the first United manager to find themselves at odds with Pogba over his position, with the World Cup winner not a fan of the deeper role he was given by Jose Mourinho, and he enjoyed an incredible run of form when Solskjaer first arrived and granted him a free role as a roaming playmaker – a role he still wants.

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