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Wayne Rooney urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change Paul Pogba’s position at Man Utd

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Wayne Rooney is keen to see Paul Pogba in a more advanced role for Manchester United
Wayne Rooney is keen to see Paul Pogba in a more advanced role for Manchester United (Getty)

Wayne Rooney believes Paul Pogba can become an ‘incredible’ player for Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allows him to make more runs into the box.

The World Cup winner has made just seven Premier League appearances this season due to injury but is on track to make his comeback when the campaign resumes.

Pogba’s inconsistency in midfield has been a source of frustration at United since his £89 million move from Juventus in 2016.

But Rooney believes that playing Pogba in a similar role to the one Frank Lampard was given at Chelsea would allow United to get the best out of the 27-year-old.

‘You ask any striker or central midfielder and they will tell you one of the hardest things to deal with is a centre back who comes out with the ball,’ Rooney wrote in his column for The Times.

Wayne Rooney says Paul Pogba would be 'an absolute nightmare' in an attacking role for Manchester Untied
Wayne Rooney says Paul Pogba would be ‘an absolute nightmare’ in an attacking role for Manchester Untied (AFP via Getty Images)

‘Another nightmare is the Frank Lampard type, the midfielder who runs past you: with Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say: ‘This player is not a one-man job — you have to pass them on.’

‘He would say that about some you wouldn’t imagine: Stephen Ireland was one, Jermaine Jenas another, purely because they were willing to run beyond your midfield and with those players there’s going to be a crossover movement from when your central midfielder is dealing with it to when your centre back is.

‘One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best – like Lampard – punish you.

‘That’s why I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide.

‘He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.

‘I would use him in that role – it’s one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible.’

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