Man Utd: Solskjaer previews derby against Man City
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should use Paul Pogba as a false number nine against Manchester City today, according to former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood. Pogba has been in and out of the United side this season and has once again been linked with a move away from the club following comments from his agent Mino Raiola. But Sherwood believes the Frenchman can be key in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
With Edinson Cavani an injury doubt for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side, Sherwood would like to see Pogba play in a central role up front.
He believes that would allow the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek to play together in midfield.
“What I would do, if Cavani is not fit and he hasn’t got that focal point, I would play Paul as a false nine,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.
“He makes runs into the box, he can hold the ball up, he’s got that swagger where he can pick the ball up in tight areas, drop the shoulder, get himself loose.
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“I just love it. I think he’s a Man United player. I understand Man United fans that he’s not been consistent, I see all that, we’re not stupid, we see that.
“But, he’s one of your best players.”
At the beginning of this week, Raiola claimed it would be best for Pogba to leave United.
But Solskjaer says 27-year-old Pogba remains committed to the Red Devils and will be part of the squad that takes on City.
“I said during the week that this is a team game and Paul is part of this team,” Solskjaer said.
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“He’s very focused on contributing when he’s here. He’s got the hunger and appetite to play and wants to play.
“He wants to train and he trains. There’s been other players refusing to train and refusing to play – they’re not here any more of course – but Paul’s not once done that.
“He’s just focused on performing when he gets a chance. That’s the good thing about Paul.
“He’s got the quality and the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig. He had a positive impact. He’s part of the squad for tomorrow.”
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