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Paul Pogba would be the perfect signing for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United


Jose Mourinho’s first months in charge of Manchester United has seen him do what he always does: He quickly signed a defender (Eric Bailly), some experienced first teamers (34 year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic and 27 year-old Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with 29 year-old Blaise Matuidi looking to be on his way, too), and will soon start clearing out the dead wood.

One name that has been repeatedly linked with in recent weeks is Paul Pogba, the 23 year-old French phenomenon who might be, outside of Messi, the best player in world soccer at the moment.

Pogba’s game is dynamic, powerful, athletic, and technically brilliant. In many ways he’s the perfect signing for Mourinho, for a number of reasons. Assuming no other transfer activity, here’s how a Pogba-Mourinho Manchester United side would look. There really is so much to like about it.

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Mourinho sets up his teams to sit back and counter; he keeps his back four tight and stationary, protected by two strong, defense-minded midfielders with a top class goalkeeper behind. With Bailly arriving Blind will probably slot-in more comfortably into midfield, and while Darmian might be a considered a weak spot, it’s not a pressing concern.

So with the back seven checking all those boxes, it’ll act as a springboard for Mourinho’s signature counter attacks. After winning the ball back the team will play directly to the powerful striker up front as the dynamic trio of Martial, Pogba and Mkhitaryan flood around him.

Pogba is the key to all this. Mourinho has said that he prefers  4-2-3-1 formation with a dynamic, two-way player acting as a traditional number 10, a role Pogba would fulfill beautifully. He’s strong and powerful enough to contribute defensively in his own end, but has the stamina and technical ability to wreck havoc offensively.

Manchester United's new Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho poses with a scarf on the pitch during a photocall at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England, on July 5, 2016. Jose Mourinho officially started work as Manchester United manager at the club's Carrington training base yesterday. The 53-year-old was appointed as United boss in May after the sacking of Dutchman Louis van Gaal. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 553725582(AFP)

There’s no one else in this team who play that role. Rooney’s not there athletically anymore. Fellaini’s not skilled enough. He needs to buy someone to plug that hole in the team, and there’s no better option than Paul Pogba. Put him into this system and Manchester United, quite simply, become the scariest team in the Premier League once again.

Source:USA TODAY






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