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Paul Scholes names ideal Man Utd midfield amid debate over Paul Pogba role


Paul Scholes has weighed into the debate over Manchester United’s best midfield by identifying a trio who “looked sensational” when they lined up together.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chopped and changed his options in the centre of the park this season, with Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic regularly rotated.

Bruno Fernandes has been the only regular in midfield as he continues to take on an increasingly important role for the club.

Scholes named the pair who should line up behind Fernandes in midfield as he referenced United’s impressive unbeaten run as football returned in Project Restart.



Scholes insists United should line up in a 4-2-1-3 formation

“I think a 4-2-1-3 suits United down to the ground,” Scholes told BT Sport .

“There was a period last season after the lockdown where, before the FA Cup semi-final, they played five games in a row where they didn’t change the team.

“Pogba was playing in midfield with Matic and Fernandes ahead of them. They won every game and looked sensational.



Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will be under the microscope at Goodison Park. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)
Pogba and Fernandes feature in Scholes’ ideal United midfield


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“That’s where you got a little bit excited about this season but then all of a sudden they had this really bad start.

“This last couple of weeks, Ole seems to have gone back to that. Pogba and Fernandes played against Sheffield United and they were both very good.

“They can obviously play together, of course they can, good players can always play together.



Matic would feature in a pairing with Pogba behind Fernandes

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“I think, if Ole can stick with that formation, I just love the 4-2-1-3, I think it’s perfect for what United have got.”

Scholes cited a lack of creativity and “control” as he explained why Fred and McTominay do not make it into his preferred United midfield.

He added: “The big question is the two in midfield. When it’s Fred and McTominay, they can be very similar players.

“I know Scott scored a couple of goals against Leeds and looked very good but can he do that over a season? I’m not sure.

“Do they need someone with a bit more quality in there like a Pogba? With Fernandes, the two players in behind him are very important, they need to be the ones who get control of the game and then bring a No. 10 into play.

“If they can get that, there’s real quality there.”

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