Jamie Carragher ripped apart Paul Pogba’s performance against Manchester City in this week’s Monday Night Football. Pogba was all over the place against City leaving Fellaini stranded against David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne. At Juventus, Pogba was part of a midfield three, which allowed him the freedom to go forward as he wished. He replicated the exact same performance against City, but without an extra body in midfield, United were run over in the first half.
Inevitably as tactical discussions regarding United and England end up, even Jamie Carragher ended up pointing the finger at Wayne Rooney. Although, Phil Neville like all other English pundits said that no matter what, he will like Rooney to play for United, Carragher correctly pointed out that with the numerous options United have at the moment, fitting in Rooney is just not possible.
The last time Mourinho used a 4-3-3 formation as his base formation was at Chelsea during his first time there. After that he has switched to a 4-2-3-1 which has been a constant for him at Inter, Real and during his second tenure at Chelsea. He prefers his numbers 10s to be tactically disciplined and hard working which led him to sell Mata as he felt that Oscar was a better fit at number 10. The only player who can play such kind of a role at United is Ander Herrera but Mourinho so far has not used him in that position. To fit in Pogba in his natural position, Mourinho has no option but to switch to a 4-3-3 which ideally shouldn’t feature Wayne Rooney. It’s a big decision to make for Mourinho, but it’s high time that Rooney is selected based on his form and not on his name.