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Have Man United finally found the key to unlock Paul Pogba?

His future remains uncertain but United are making signals that they want to build a team around the Frenchman

You build sides around your best players.

Your focal point.

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Yer Da still thinks Pogba needs to stop messing about with his hair if he wants to be a proper player

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Yer Da still thinks Pogba needs to stop messing about with his hair if he wants to be a proper player

And, despite a season of fairly inconsistent performances, that’s exactly what Paul Pogba is to Man United.

The French midfielder is one of the most gifted players on the planet, but so far Jose Mourinho has struggled to find a way to get the best out of his prized asset on a regular basis.

That’s where a Brazilian bloke called Fred comes in.

Right said Fred

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Right said Fred

It’s strange to consider that United have essentially forked out nearly £100m over the last 12 months to unlock a player they already had.

They were probably convinced the signing of Nemanja Matic last summer would do just that, but one way or another Pogba still looked like a square peg in a round hole.

But Fred’s arrival for £52m from Shakhtar Donetsk could be the solution.

Room for another?

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Room for another?

The dynamic Brazilian midfielder is the perfect foil for Pogba, effectively completing United’s midfield three.

Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay both have their limitations and Fred is undoubtedly an upgrade.

His box to box intensity means Mourinho has a holder in Matic, a runner in Fred and a creator in Pogba, who is essentially now free of his defensive responsibilities.

We’ll see with France at the World Cup this summer that Pogba is a man transformed when he’s liberated in a midfield three.

Pogba is liberated with France

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Pogba is liberated with France

With N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi doing the dirty work for the French the 25-year-old has a license to roam in more advanced areas.

United should and will try to replicate that setup next season with Pogba very much the fulcrum to their attacking movements.

Pogba will be central to Mourinho’s plans

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Pogba will be central to Mourinho’s plans

You could go as far as saying in Fred United have not just acquired one brilliant new midfielder, but another one too in a new-look Pogba.

Pogba now has the platform to thrive and make the Premier League his playground.

That is of course if he stops getting four haircuts a week…

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