GUEST BLOG: Who will partner Pogba in the middle?

We all know that Mourinho is aware of certain issues that our current squad suffers. These problems have caused him to dive head first into the transfer window yet trying not to ruin our reputation of promoting the youth.

We all know that as a club we are interested in pulling back one of our former youth products in Paul Pogba. As we are spending such a big fee on one central midfielder it is likely that Mourinho will chose a current squad member to partner alongside him; yes there are many possibilities but I would like to make note of the more realistic options.

I think it is only fair to take into account that most United fans would prefer Pogba to play in the number 10 role, but given our current squad, the likes of Rooney, Mkhitaryan and Mata would be the most likely favourites to take this role.

This therefore makes it seem wiser to stick Pogba behind the attackers and act as a more box-to-box midfielder, but not being too scared to express himself every now and then when it comes to banging in goals from outside the box!

I have lined up 5 candidates to take on this role and they will be mentioned chronologically in squad numbers.

Carrick

Straight away we can’t ignore the fact that he is a club legend, he is no Roy Keane or Paul Scholes in the midfield, but you have to credit him with what he has offered us for the past years at the club.

carrick (Picture: manutd.com)
Carrick has been an important player for United (Picture: manutd.com)

As I am sure you’ve gathered I do like Carrick, however does this mean he deserves to start? Quite simply, no. Many of you will disagree on me with this one but it is my opinion.

I love Carrick, he really is the beating heart of the locker room, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is on the decline (no disrespect intended).

This means that we need to find a way to shift him out of the starting line-up as soon as we can – he is incapable of controlling the midfield how he used to so we need to look deeper into our squad to find a suitable replacement; which I feel Van Gaal failed to achieve.

Just to make it clear. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want him to start; I believe Pogba could learn a lot from him, but I don’t think we can afford to start him as regularly like last season.

Herrera

What’s there to say? I don’t think anyone dislikes the guy, he’s always eager to get up the pitch and create chances and score goals.

Ander Herrera celebrates his winning goal against Arsenal (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Ander Herrera still needs to prove himself (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

The trouble is that Herrera will struggle to find a place next to Pogba as they play very similar roles; if Pogba was at the number 10 spot then I’d have him in behind without hesitation. However, it isn’t quite that simple.

I am confident that we won’t offload him this summer as he can be a vital squad player for that midfield role, but Pogba will not budge for him no matter the circumstance.

Herrera was restrained by Van Gaal for a long time and is unlucky that we need a world class midfielder in our squad – I strongly believe that if he was given the proper chances under Van Gaal’s reign then Mourniho wouldn’t be looking to purchase a new player.

Fellaini

I hate his style of play! and his attitude on the pitch! He is not and won’t ever be a true Man Utd player! Glad I was able to get that out of my system.

Mirror.co.uk
Marouane Fellaini may survive a cull this summer (Picture: Mirror.co.uk)

Anyway, he is still a shocking player yet he’s still given game time. Mourinho might believe that Fellaini can be a useful tool for his midfield, with his height and excellent chest control of the ball; besides that though he offers nothing to the squad.

His involvement in the team thus so far under Mourinho could possibly mean a few things. One could be that he is being given game time to attract interest from other clubs. Another could be that Mourinho is just testing what he has available.

Although it seems the most likely is that Mourinho is actually considering keeping him as most likely a squad player – which saddens us all.

Realistically though, I think Mourinho will struggle to get him out even if he wanted to, due to the amount of money paid for him in the first place, the lack of skill he has and the simple fact that this could be the last big club Fellaini gets to play for, so he might insist to stay.

Ultimately though he is far from being the player we need to partner Pogba.

Schneiderlin

Unfortunately given last year’s circumstances, Schneiderlin was held back a considerable amount at Old Trafford. Beforehand he was sensational for Southampton which is why he was one of our best signings at the time.

It’s clear that the two would probably fit alongside each other perfectly like Yin and Yang. Both having their own individual roles but not being able to perform without the other’s effort. I think they will make the perfect duo and it helps that they share the same nationality.

However I am going to lay in a slight twist. Given the current size of our squad, we need to sell certain people and I think that Schneiderlin won’t be able to perform the same with this much competition, which is why I think he should go out on loan to a strong mid-table Premier League team, unless Mourinho can guarantee him decent game time.

Schweinsteiger

One of the all time greats of the game, in my opinion he is the perfect choice to be Pogba’s partner in crime.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)
Schweinsteiger’s debut season for United was hampered by injuries (Source: Daily Mail)

Schweinsteiger is clearly still capable of pulling off superb performances as shown for Germany this summer. He is a true leader on and off the pitch.

Yes, we are all aware that he is on the decline and gets injured a lot; however he is getting older and something we lack is experience in our squad, which he can deliver.

He wasn’t actually that bad last season before he got injured, also when you take into account that he was playing under Van Gaal.

Mourinho is apparently treating him like he’s a burden according to reports, but he’s more like a gift. He deserves so much more at United which I think most will agree on.

He wouldn’t be a permanent solution to finding a partner for Pogba, but he should certainly be at the top of Mourinho’s list in my opinion.

Thank You for reading. I just wanted to open people’s eyes to viewpoints they may not have considered previously.

Please feel free to leave a comment below in the comment section.

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Dan
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I’d give Schniederlin decent playing time for him to get on form and rotate him a bit with Schwieny or Carrick. However if he doesn’t play well then have Schwieny… Read more »
Oduniyi
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Oduniyi
I agree with your view on Schweinsteiger. How do we get this view across to Jose to reconsider his stand on this “German machine”? Even if he doesn’t need him… Read more »
Chux
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Pogba flourished as he played alongside Pirlo, so I think the best midfield partner for him at United would be Carrick. Many would not agree with me but Carrick is… Read more »
JohnMoz
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I’don’t play wingbacks Valencia and Shaw bombing forward with Mike in centre and Bailly and Blind right and left CB.Pogba box to box.Then Rash ford right Martial left Mikhitarian 10… Read more »
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*I’d play* I meant to write.

Alasdair Keogh
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Surely an argument to be had for Fosu-Mensah? Agile, physical, young and decent on the ball. As much as I love carrick, basti and ander they just aren’t agile or… Read more »
Alasdair Keogh
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Not sure why because we haven’t seen that much of him but he seems to me to be taylor made for a dominant position in the centre of the pitch.… Read more »