Pochettino’s Man Utd plans could involve new role for struggling Pogba

Mauricio Pochettino could salvage Paul Pogba's Manchester United career by using him in a new role.

The current Paris Saint-Germain boss is reportedly in talks with the Red Devils as United look to appoint a new manager following the sacking of Old Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

United are believed to have made Pochettino their main target after former frontrunner Zinedine Zidane turned down the opportunity to fill the Old Trafford vacancy.

The ex-Tottenham manager has indicated that he would be willing to depart the French capital less than four months into his first full season in charge and a Premier League return with United now appears likely.

One player who would no doubt welcome the news of Pochettino's impending appointment is that of Pogba, who has endured a torrid time of late having fallen out of favour at United under Solskjaer before picking up an injury while on international duty with France.

The 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract and looks set to depart Old Trafford for free when his current deal expires next summer, but the arrival of Pochettino could change that.

The Argentine manager has previously expressed his admiration for Pogba's versatility while highlighting his effectiveness when being allowed a more free role on the pitch instead of being restricted in central midfield.

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When at Spurs, shortly after midfielder Dele Alli committed to a new long-term deal, Pochettino hailed the England international while urging him to become more like the influential Pogba.

"Today, football is about being versatile. We need to help a player like Dele Alli improve, not put him in a box," Pochettino said back in 2016.

“He needs to feel free on the pitch and we need to help him improve in different positions because a versatile player, like Pogba, has a big, big value.

“He’s a special player. He is box-to-box but he has real skill on the ball.

“When he plays like a number 10 he makes the movement like a striker and when he plays number eight or number six he plays like a holding midfielder.

“He is very clever and that’s his best quality. It’s not because he runs a lot, it’s how he reads the game.”

The glowing reference will be music to Pogba's ears having seen his United career stall after being dropped in the wake of his controversially scathing comments following the Red Devils' 4-2 defeat at Leicester last month.

Should Pochettino take up the position as United's new manager, getting the best out of Pogba by giving him the freedom to flourish could well be high on his list of priorities.

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