Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that Paul Pogba starting Manchester United ’s game with Arsenal on Sunday, could cost them a result.
The midfielder has been left on the bench for United’s last two Premier League games, but did impress during their 5-0 Champions League thumping of RB Leipzig in midweek.
Bruno Fernandes was only named a substitute against the Germans, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer playing Pogba alongside Nemanja Matic and Fred.
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Donny van de Beek was used as the tip of the diamond against Leipzig, with Scott McTominay also vying for a place in United’s crowded midfield.
Pogba picked up an assist during the win, but Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes that if he is included against Arsenal, it offers the visitors a better chance of winning.
Nicol told ESPN FC (via Express Sport): "I've got to tell you that as soon as I look at this fixture and as soon as I think about it, as soon as I think of Man United, I think 'Pogba's not going to play again'.
"So your highest-paid player, your most sought-after player, the face of the club, isn't going to kick a ball, because if he does then the result might go against them.
"Ole's been going on all week about how great he was against Leipzig and how he's getting fitter and waxing lyrical about him.
"But he's not going to play and he shouldn't play, because when he plays they're just not the same.
“Fernandes has to be the free guy joining the attack,” he added. “you need two sitting midfielders, and it's going to be Fred and McTominay. It's not going to be Pogba."
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Solskjaer has used Pogba in several different positions across the midfield, but hinted that he would prefer to see the Frenchman in more advanced areas in upcoming games.
"Paul can do everything on a football pitch, more or less," Solskjaer said. "He can play long passes, get in the box, play combinations outside the box.
“He played really well, he did impact the game. We love to see him driving forward and affecting the game."
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