Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

Man Utd


Jamie Carragher admires Man United boss Solskjaer over Pogba stance

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Jamie Carragher says he admires Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for leaving Paul Pogba out of the team.

United ‘s record signing Pogba once again had to settle for a place on the bench in Saturday’s goalless draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer went for a more pragmatic approach in midfield, partnering Scott McTominay with Fred behind Bruno Fernandes.

That also left summer recruit Donny van de Beek among the substitutes, leaving Carragher to question his £40million signing from Ajax.

The former Liverpool defender addressed Solskjaer’s midfield conundrum during the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports.

“I actually admire Solskjaer for putting Pogba on the bench,” said Carragher.

“Fernandes and Pogba is not a midfield together and never will be. They can’t play together.

“Van de Beek, I don’t understand the signing. I really don’t get how he was ever going to play or where he was going to fit in.

“As soon as he signed, my thought was he plays number 10, Fernandes plays there. Pogba can play there.

“Actually, you look at it now and it’s better for the team in terms of having Fred and McTominay there but Fred and McTominay as a central midfield is not good enough for Manchester United to challenge for the Premier League.

“The big problem for me is Paul Pogba and has been for a long time. I agree with Gary [Neville] that Fernandes is the man in that number 10 position.

“I don’t know how long Ole can continue not to pick a £90million signing [Pogba]. It’s not easy for a manager.

“So at some stage, he will get back into the team – but him and Fernandes, for me, will never work.”

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