English Premiership

Mourinho has found Pogba's niche, says Rio

2016-12-23 18:01
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Manchester - Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes manager Jose Mourinho has figured out where to play midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman, who signed for United in a world-record transfer in the summer, struggled to live up to the hype early in the season.

However, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 games and Ferdinand believes Pogba is starting to show his quality thanks to Mourinho's decision to play him alongside Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick in midfield.

"I do not think Jose knew his best team for a while but in the last few games you have seen him consistently starting the three midfielders of Herrera, Carrick and Pogba," Ferdinand told United's website.

"I think you have seen a better balance in the midfield, so hopefully we can start motoring on now.

"That has been a problem in the past in terms of working out where the balance is and who the best partnerships and combinations are, and I think he may have found that in those three.

"It frees up Paul, who is a bit more of a maverick, and means he can roam a bit more."

Mourinho's United welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford in a Boxing Day English Premiership fixture.

Kick off is at 17:00.

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