Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical tweak to bring out the best in Paul Pogba has been an inspired decision.

Since the start of 2021, Solskjaer has been using Pogba in a wide left role, occasionally on the right, allowing him freedom to get involved in the attack.

Considering Pogba’s ability to dribble past players, and retain possession, he has been a key player in the final third.

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Pogba has helped to free up Bruno Fernandes and the rest of his teammates, and he has chipped in with vital goals and assists.

Now the midfielder could be set to reprise the role for 2018 World Cup champions France this summer.

ESPN report: “Didier Deschamps is also considering playing Pogba in a similar role with France at this summer’s Euros.”

Deschamps has typically played Pogba in a midfield pivot alongside Ngolo Kante, and France have a terrific record when the two are together.

But France have other midfield options including up and coming talent Eduardo Camavinga, and there could be various ways to push Pogba forward into the attack and help Kylian Mbappe out.

 

Solskjaer’s tactical adjustment

The credit should go to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff, for making the tactical tweak in the first place.

At the end of last season Pogba played a withdrawn role along with Nemanja Matic, and while both played well in a winning run, it felt lije the Frenchman had so much more to offer.

Pogba is now influencing games in the final third regularly, and chipping in with match winning goals. This is the Paul Pogba who Manchester United wanted in 2016.

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Solskjaer told the club website after the win over Roma, “Paul, I think is very good in that position.

“You’ve got the foundation behind him [with Fred and McTominay]. Marcus, Edi, Bruno, Paul… against any players they will create chances, so it’s about taking them.”

Pogba is enjoying his football, and as ESPN point out, this could play a key part in him deciding potentially to re-commit to United with a new contract.

Deschamps backing him with a position change for the Euros will be further validation for his United performances.

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