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Paul Pogba says he has more ‘freedom’ with France than at Manchester United


Paul Pogba admits he wants to play more offensively. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Paul Pogba admits he wants to play more offensively for Manchester United and he enjoys more ‘freedom’ with the national side.

The Frenchman was often played on the left flank by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last term, though he would sometime be deployed in a two-man midfield alongside Scott McTominay or Fred.

Pogba was used in a three-man midfield at Juventus which gave him licence to get forward but United’s creative play revolves around Bruno Fernandes, meaning Pogba must fit in around the Portuguese playmaker.

And Pogba admits he would prefer to be given more ‘freedom’ at Old Trafford, which he says he enjoys more with the national side.

Pogba’s future is up in the air. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

‘It’s true that at Juve it was different from Manchester United,’ Pogba told L’Equipe.

‘We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juve], in 5-3-2. I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation. In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend.”

‘We [France] play in 4-2-3-1, also a diamond. I am a little more in the transmission, in the construction. But I have more freedom than in Manchester to enter the box, to make runs forwards.

‘At the same time, when you have Griezmann, Kylian, you don’t want to enter their spaces, you don’t need to.”

‘I would like [at Manchester United[ to play more offensive [laughs]. To score fifteen goals per season is what I would like.

‘But Patrick [Vieira] said it, we must put ourselves at the service of the collective. In Manchester, as in blue, the collective will always come before the player.’

Pogba has one year to run on his deal at Old Trafford and the midfielder says no ‘concrete’ proposals have been made by the club to his representatives.

United fear Pogba is running his contract down in order to leave for free in 2022, as he knows clubs are unlikely to match the club’s £70m asking price for him.

Solskjaer is keen to keep the Frenchman but United will not break their pay structure to do so, with Pogba already one of the club’s highest earners on £290,000-a-week.


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