Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Paul Pogba’s favourite position and has defended his use of different formations with Manchester United so far this season.
Solskjaer has come under criticism in recent weeks for his continued changing of United’s shape and system, his decision to play a back three formation backfiring last week as the club were eliminated from the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig.
It is a formation that the Norwegian has often used in the bigger games throughout his reign, whilst he has also used a diamond midfield formation this season alongside their familiar 4-2-3-1 system.
Pogba’s best position is another source of contention with the France international having played on the left-hand side during last weekend’s goalless draw with Manchester City, and Solskjaer believes the midfielder favours a position where he is allowed freedom to drift inside from wide.
“Yeah, of a 4-2-3-1. Coming into that pocket is probably Paul’s favourite position. I think he did well. Paul did well and the team shape was as it normally is,” Solskjaer told a pre-match press conference.
”Twice we’ve played with three at the back – we beat PSG in one of them and unfortunately lost to Leipzig. We played a full game against Leipzig at home in a diamond and we’ve played two half games in a diamond. So four out of about 20 games is not too bad of consistency with our normal shape.
”That’s what we work on more or less every day. Some details will change within the same system, of course. If you have Dan James on the left wing compared to Paul Pogba it’s a different scenario. Or Marcus Rashford on the right wing compared to Juan Mata.
”Sometimes you look at the opposition and you look at where we need players with different qualities, but I think they’re coping well with it.”
United currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are five points adrift of league leaders Tottenham with a game in hand, with Solskjaer’s side returning to action with a trip to face winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tomorrow evening.