Man Utd boss Solskjaer offered a solution to Paul Pogba transfer problem by Wayne Rooney
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, but Red Devils hero Wayne Rooney thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should keep him at the club and turn the Frenchman into an “incredible” player by following his advice.
Pogba’s future at United has been uncertain since he suggested he wanted a “new challenge” last summer and the 27-year-old’s position at the club hasn’t been helped with the recurrence of an ankle injury this season.
The midfielder required surgery to rectify the issue and so far Pogba has been limited to just eight appearances this campaign.
However, Rooney thinks Solskjaer can re-ignite Pogba’s career if the Norwegian changes the player’s role.
“You ask any striker or central midfielder and they will tell you one of the hardest things to deal with is a centre-back who comes out with the ball,” Rooney said in his column in The Times.
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“Another nightmare is the Frank Lampard type, the midfielder who runs past you: with Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box.
“And he was one of those about who Fergie would say: ‘This player is not a one-man job — you have to pass them on.'”
Rooney thinks if Solskjear was to use Pogba in a Frank Lampard-type of a role, it would lead to the Frenchman becoming an “incredible” player.
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“One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best — like Lampard — punish you,” Rooney continued.
“That’s why I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide.
“He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.
“I would use him in that role — it’s one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible.”
Juventus and Real Marid have both been heavily linked with making a move for Pogba this summer, however, the suspension of football has changed the transfer market.
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Juve director Fabio Paratici has warned Pogba that he may struggle to find a new club in the summer because fewer teams will be able to meet his salary demands.
“He’s a fantastic player, we know him as a champion,” Paratici told Sky Italia when addressing speculation over a move for Pogba.
“But something will change after this crisis, because now also top players like Paul will have fewer clubs that can guarantee them such a high salary.”
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