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19th Sep, 2016 | 9:38am

Danny Murphy identifies key factor holding Paul Pogba back

By Alex Taylor

Former Liverpool ace Danny Murphy believes Manchester United need to find the right team balance before Paul Pogba can thrive at Old Trafford.

Pogba, 23, re-joined United this summer for a world-record fee of £89million but is yet to find the form that earned him his summer move back to England.

The France international has been heavily criticised this week after United lost on three occasions to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford.

Wayne Rooney, Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial have all been squeezed into the same line-up this season as United have struggled to find enough room to start of their star players.

“Until they find the right balance you won’t see the best of Pogba,” Murphy said on Match of the Day 3.

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“For me he is better when he is going forward, been let off the leash and can go and cause damage and play his own game.”

“When he is playing next to Fellani he is too preoccupied with the defensive side of things.”

Murphy played as a central midfielder himself and scored 71 goals and provided 43 assists in 558 career matches.

Pogba is yet to score or provide a single assist since his return to United and despite helping his side to four wins from their first four games this season, he has been unable to prevent his side’s recent slump.

United will be hoping for a swift change of fortune against Northampton Town on Wednesday in the EFL Cup.

In other Liverpool news, BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named three Liverpool stars in his team of the week after Jurgen Klopp’s side battled to a 2-1 victory against Chelsea on Friday evening.