Pogba tipped to dazzle for a long time at Man United after 'internal' talks - pundit
Ralf Rangnick’s change of formation at Man United will bring out the best in Paul Pogba, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 28-year-old is “phenomenal” when deployed on the left of a midfield three.
As quoted by club media (19 January), Rangnick revealed his side have “decided to play in a 4-3-3” as opposed to a 4-2-2-2.
The new system proved dividends for the Red Devils on Wednesday night as they beat Brentford 3-1.
Pogba has been sidelined since 24 October but is expected to return to first-team action after the international break.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs which players would benefit most from the system change, Campbell said:
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“Well, the 4-2-2-2 system didn’t work. You could tell that the player weren’t used to it. It takes time to change.
“One thing we do know is that in a 4-3-3 system Paul Pogba can play in his favourite position. He is suited to playing as the left of a midfield three.
“That is where he has got the best out of his career. That is is where he shone for Juventus. He’s a phenomenal player when he’s in that role. He can use all of his qualities.
“There is no point putting square pegs in round holes. Put round pegs in round holes and devise a system that suits the players.
“Let’s be honest, they should not be getting pegged back from 2-0 up against Aston Villa with the quality players they’ve got. It tells you something was not right.
“I think there would have been an internal meeting about it and perhaps the players have said they don’t feel comfortable in a 4-2-2-2. They want to play in a 4-3-3. Rangnick, being an experienced manager, has changed it. Fair play.”