Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Chelsea was inspired by Paul Pogba, highlighting the problem they face against Paris Saint-Germain next month.
United trail by the same scoreline after the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash. But they will kick off without the inspirational Frenchman.
Pogba’s red card in the first leg was a massive blow.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won every away match since arriving at United. And Pogba has been integral time and again.
With the World Cup winner missing, Solskjaer will need to change things up in Paris. And playing Juan Mata in Pogba’s position may be the only option.
After all, the alternatives are Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, none of whom are good enough to inspire a famous comeback away from home.
Mata has divided opinion since arriving at United for £37.1million (BBC). Yet his attacking flair and ability on the ball means he could make the difference.
If United play Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Mata, the Spaniard could supply the ammunition for the front three.
Picking a more natural central midfielder as Pogba’s replacement is simply not viable, with United’s lack of strength in depth suddenly on display.