Michael Carrick claims Manchester United have 'perfect' midfield

‘They all bring something different, which is the perfect blend and balance’: Michael Carrick claims return of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay offers Manchester United the ‘perfect’ midfield

  • Pogba has missed most of the campaign due to foot and ankle injuries 
  • McTominay missed two months of the campaign because of a knee injury
  • Nemanja Matic and Fred have done an impressive job in their absence
  • Arrival of £68m Bruno Fernandes sparked a nine-match unbeaten run

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United now boast the ‘perfect’ midfield options following the return of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay from injury.

The Red Devils have been without Pogba for much of the season due to foot and ankle injuries, while McTominay missed two months of the campaign because of a knee injury.

Nemanja Matic and Fred have done an impressive job in their absence before the arrival of £68million Bruno Fernandes sparked a nine-match unbeaten run.

Manchester United have been without Paul Pogba for much of the season due to injury

And coach Carrick says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a selection headache when the season resumes after the coronavirus lockdown.

‘It’s something that we haven’t had [a full quota of midfielders] for an awful long time this season,’ Carrick told Manchester United’s podcast. ‘We’ve had injuries and you want the competition.

‘The beauty of it is the variety and the different options the boys give you.

‘They’ve all got their strengths, but they can play together, there are combinations in there that can play in twos and threes together, but they all bring something different, which is the perfect blend and balance. I’m looking forward to seeing it. 

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will seek to pair Pogba and £68m Bruno Fernandes in midfield

Carrick added: ‘I think sometimes we’ve been forced where the lads who’ve been fit have played and done well.

‘When Nemanja and Fred have played they’ve done ever so well, they’ve done terrific as a two and complimented each other and blended really well.

‘It’s about getting the right mix. Certain games suit certain things, which is something for us as staff and Ole to decide what fits a certain game.

‘I do think all of sudden now with everyone fit and Bruno coming into the squad we’ve got a lovely variety to choose from.’

 


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