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How Man United should play Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek

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Dimitar Berbtaov believes Donny van de Beek should take up a deep-lying role in the Manchester United midfield.

United signed Van de Beek for €39million rising to €44m from Ajax and he is expected to make his first appearance in today’s pre-season friendly with Aston Villa.

However, the 23-year-old will not play alongside Paul Pogba, still striving for match fitness after recovering from coronavirus, and Bruno Fernandes has not been at United’s Carrington training complex this week following the birth of his son.

Even though United could start the new season without Van de Beek having played with either Fernandes or Pogba in a warm-up match, Berbatov believes that midfield three is the way forward.

“I think that should be, even though it’s a bit soon, that should be the favourite three in the middle of the park,” the former United striker told the MEN. “Van de Beek in front of the defence and then you have Pogba and Fernandes. That would be a great, great midfield to watch.

“I never hid that I like McTominay as well. I’d like to see him go back into the team because he is a young boy, he has great games as well, I’d like him to develop and become better and better.

“So hopefully he can be there as a back-up or maybe a starter, you never know. But this three you mentioned will be a great team to watch.”

Berbatov’s last season with United was David de Gea’s first in 2011-12 and the Spaniard’s error-strewn first six months led to his demotion at the expense of Anders Lindegaard.

De Gea faces even more intense competition now from Dean Henderson, fresh from another superb season on loan with Sheffield United and ready to challenge De Gea for the number one spot. Berbatov still believes De Gea should start the season, though.

“I still think number one is De Gea, in my opinion, he should start the season. You cannot erase like this, the nine seasons in the team and say because of one or two mistakes he is not good enough any more. So let’s not forget goalkeepers can play until 40 and beyond that. De Gea is number one in my opinion.

“But he is going to have a difficult time because the moment he is doing mistakes then people will start talking again that it is maybe time for Henderson to step in, give him a chance. But I think De Gea should start and that competition from Henderson is going to get the best out of De Gea as well.

“Everybody connected to the team hopes that now he knows when United bring a goalkeeper like Henderson, they mean business in a way. Not that they didn’t mean it before but now he’s like wait a min I need to put even more.

“But De Gea is still one of the best. One or two mistakes don’t erase what he did in the past nine years, so he’s still number one for me.”

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