Manchester United has certainly improved this season, as Jose Mourinho continues to make his impression at Old Trafford. Last term the Portuguese boss delivered two trophies, finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Now we’re in second place, but some way off Manchester City at the top. Too many needless points have been dropped, but one issue still remains; our big-game failure.
Ryan Giggs has his own opinion on exactly why that’s been the case. The Welshman seems to think that it’s down to a tactical switch that needs to be made, and it certainly makes sense.
Switching to a 4-3-3 is where Paul Pogba excels the most and it’s logical to play your best players in their favoured positions.
“One of the best games Pogba had was the Everton game (a 2-0 win on January 1), when he was on the left of Matic – in a similar position to the one he played at Juventus – and Ander Herrera was on the right.” Giggs told Sky Sports, per the Manchester Evening News.
“I think that position where he’s on the left of a midfield three is where he’s at his best. He’s a brilliant crosser of the ball and I don’t think he’s as effective when he’s having to do more defensive work in central areas.
“I would like to see him in a 4-3-3 with Matic sitting, Herrera to the right and Pogba to the left, with a selection of the front three thriving off more creativity behind them.”
There has been too many occasions where Pogba has been tasked with sitting far too deep to fulfil defensive duties. Why would you make your best chance at creating opportunities sit back where he’ll affect the game least?
Well, my reasoning behind why that has been the case is the fact that Mourinho simply cannot find the midfielder he wants to complement both Pogba and Nemanja Matic perfectly. They need a player with legs, who’s energetic and tenacious.
You may look at Ander Herrera, but he’s simply not been good enough this term, which is disappointing considering just how influential he was in Mourinho’s debut season.