24 Jan 2022 | 13:43 | Football
Paul Pogba is expected to be able to return to play after the break to make way for the upcoming national team gathering. He participated in the exercises at Carrington and recovered from his injury quite well. When the number 6 is ready, coach Ralf Rangnick will have to make calculations for the midfield staff to have the best options.
What are the chances in a 4-3-3 formation?
Coach Rangnick tended to use a 4-2-2-2 formation when he took office at Manchester United. However, after a period of not getting good results, he switched to a 4-3-3 scheme. There, Scott McTominay will be the lowest kicker in midfield, taking on the role of withdrawing, intercepting and defending from distance. While Bruno Fernandes and Fred are ranked higher, close to the opponent’s penalty area to connect the home team’s attacks.
This system is currently showing positive signs and coach Rangnick does not seem to have any reason to change it. And when Pogba returns, he will have to compete with Bruno and Fred for a regular spot. But is that possible for the French midfielder?
Pogba replaces Fred?
Bruno Fernandes is still a player who can play the role of conductor in the play of Man Utd. In the 2021/22 season, he contributed to 18 goals of the home team with 7 goals and 11 assists. Therefore, the position of the Portuguese midfielder can be said to be impregnable in the midfield of the Old Trafford team.
The most likely option for Pogba is that he can replace Fred. According to author Dan Coombs of United In Focus, the 2018 World Cup champion is also difficult to compete with the Brazilian midfielder because: Fred has 29 successful tackles since the beginning of the season (while Pogba has only had one). 3), Fred successfully intercepted 32 times compared to 12 times of Pogba, Fred had 110 successful attempts to make the opponent lose the ball (Pogba 40).
It can be seen that Pogba will have many difficulties when returning from injury. Man Utd’s midfield is playing stably and he is still on the way to regain the feeling of the ball and form as before.
However, the former Juventus star still has the right to hope in the FA Cup match against Middlesbrough on February 5. Because, in an arena that is not so important, players like Pogba can completely be given the opportunity to play. And if you make good use of it, showing your best qualities, the French player will score deeply with coach Rangnick.