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Paul Pogba’s dismal form against Newcastle, and even before that against Tottenham, has led many to worry about the ability of the erstwhile talented Frenchman. However, apart from a form-slump, the mistake doesn’t lie entirely on Pogba’s shoulders either.

Jose Mourinho and his stubborn insistence on not playing a 4-3-3 formation is more to blame for the midfielder’s fall from grace. Let us explore 4 reasons why it is the best formation for both Pogba and Manchester United.

 

Pogba is NOT A Holding Midfielder

Following criticism from Liverpool legend Graeme Souness, Thierry Henry said on Sky Sports: “When you have quality, people expect you to do wonders. In France people love him, he’s not a holding midfielder. Does he have an impact on the game of a holding midfielder?”

“No. Is he N’Golo Kante? No. Pogba has more in his DNA to be up there, to create. Pogba needs to adapt and be efficient, but he’s not a holding midfielder.”

This is precisely where the Frenchman is most apt to function best. The position gains more prominence when you look at who his partners are at the heart of the midfield.

Matic’s functioning as a holding midfielder is what many experts are hailing as the new factor in United’s mixed success this season. The initial word on every lip was that with Matic helming the line of defense, Pogba could be easily freed to wreak havoc in his usual creative manner.

Unfortunately, that has not happened….



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