By Azania Post Reporter
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants his manager Jose Mourinho to alter his side’s formation to allow him to play a more attacking role on the left of a midfield three.
Pogba believes his ability to make an impact in games has been limited because of defensive duties he is forced to perform for the reds.
Mourinho is not happy with Pogba’s contribution of late.
Pogba has not played for a full 90 minutes in the past three games, after been substituted against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle and been on the bench in a home win against Huddersfield Town.
Mourinho's position is that an individual with Pogba's physical and technical qualities should be capable of excelling in any midfield role.
Pogba's failure to adhere to tactical instruction both in his defensive contribution and when in possession of the ball is understood to have annoyed the Portuguese coach.
Brought back to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then-record initial transfer fee of €105million in the summer of 2016, Pogba has missed 15 matches this season through injury or suspension.
Pogba damaged the tendon of his left thigh in a September Champions League tie, an injury considered to be the result of private physical training conducted outside the supervision of the club
On Sunday, Mourinho substituted Pogba immediately after the midfielder failed to challenge for the lateral free kick from which Newcastle scored their winning goal.
“I remember clearly without television, just with my memory from the touchline,” said Mourinho post-match.
“I remember clearly a Newcastle player jumping and two of my players looking at him and staying on the floor.”
Ahead of the match, Mourinho pointedly responded to arguments - including one from former United captain Wayne Rooney - that Pogba would be best deployed as “box-to-box” midfielder liberated from defensive responsibilities.
“In relation to his best position I had a few laughing over the past week because I heard, I watched, I had a chance to read a few things, Mourinho said.
“I'm not English, but I think I understand English enough to understand what you want to say with 'box-to-box'. But with some comments from important people in football, I got a bit confused. Because for me box-to-box means box-to-box. And means you have to be good in this box, you have to be good in this road, and you have to be good in that box.
“Means that you have to defend well in this box, you must have the physical condition, the desire, the intensity, the stamina to go until the other box. In the other box, you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and so on. And then when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box because I think this is the meaning of the 'box-to-box'.”