Four ways Manchester United could line up this season with Paul Pogba

Four ways Manchester United could line up this season with Paul Pogba

Manchester United fans could scarcely have hoped for a better transfer window.

The Red Devils finished fifth last season under a beleaguered Louis van Gaal, who was sacked 24 hours after guiding the club to their first trophy in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Jose Mourinho, of course, took over and set about in typical fashion in reshaping his United squad with the signings of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

That the Red Devils could prise the likes of Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford without the lure of Champions League football speaks volumes of the club’s appeal.

Paul Pogba’s arrival, though, will be the most emphatic and could signal a new era for both the club and the Premier League.

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With the Red Devils expected to pay a world record fee of £100m for Pogba, Mourinho will have the enviable task of trying to get the best out of the Frenchman.

Here’s four formations he could use:

4-2-3-1 with Rooney at number 10
Four ways Manchester United could line up this season with Paul Pogba - Opinion

Though Mourinho’s still keen to strengthen his defence, a back four of Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw in front of David De Gea looks the side’s strongest bet at this stage.

Pogba’s been used in a number of different roles for Juventus and is capable of playing in three midfield positions.

Morgan Schneiderlin looks to fit the type of profile that Mourinho looks for in a defensive midfielder and will be needed to provide defensive cover for the likes of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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With Schneiderlin alongside him, Pogba can operate in a box-to-box role that shows off both his attacking and defensive capabilities.

This formation would also allow Wayne Rooney to play in his best position and means Zlatan Ibrahimovic can operate as a lone forward.

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