Ander Herrera: This is how Jose Mourinho can get the best out of Paul Pogba

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera believes Jose Mourinho can get the best out of Paul Pogba at Manchester United by giving the Frenchman license to roam forward in midfield.

Pogba has made a mixed start to life at Old Trafford, producing several moments of breathtaking brilliance, whilst also struggling to fully impose himself at times.

The Frenchman put in a Man of the Match performance against Swansea City last time out, before going on to produce a commanding display for France last week.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Herrera insisted the 23-year-old performs at his best when given freedom in midfield.

“Paul’s an offensive player; he needs freedom and the team needs him to have that,” he said.

“He can score 10 a season. With his strength, the way he hits the ball with both feet, his ability in the air, you have to make the most of that.

“The team’s fine, enjoying the work, training well. I like Mourinho’s sessions: very dynamic, always with the ball.”

It is no coincidence that Pogba’s finer performances have come alongside a steadfast, anchoring midfielder. His sensational performance against Swansea was supplemented by the unyieldingly composed, dictatorial presence of Michael Carrick; against Sweden, the 23-year-old – featuring in midfield alongside the more defensively oriented Blaise Matuidi – was able to burst forward with reckless abandon.

Man United fans will be desperate to see Mourinho adopt the same approach in the coming months – starting, of course, with their crucial battle with Arsenal on November 19.

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