The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern were disappointed by Paul Pogba’s consistency during the most recent campaign, and they are hoping he will showcase the full extent of his talent on a regular basis next season.
Manchester United may well have lost a significant battle on the pitch with their local-rivals Manchester City last season, but recent reports from The Manchester Evening News suggest they are on the cusp of a major victory away from the field.
According to the report, United are closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk’s highly-rated centre-midfielder Fred, and they are hoping to conclude a deal at the beginning of June before he travels to the World Cup with the Brazilian national team.
After months of speculation linking Fred with a move to Manchester City, it appears that Jose Mourinho might finally be able to record a mini-victory over his long-term rival Pep Guardiola, although the impact of Fred’s arrival will ultimately determine the winner of this lengthy transfer saga.
However, based on Fred’s performances for Shakhtar both domestically and in Europe, it seems fair to say that United are set to welcome a fantastic all-round player into their squad, and Paul Pogba should be particularly pleased to welcome him to the club.
The 25-year-old midfielder is excellent at both ends of the field and could be considered as a box-to-box type player, so his ability to cover ground in the middle-third of the field should relieve Pogba of his defensive duties and lend him the opportunity to utilise his attacking ability in the final-third.
Pogba has been heavily criticised for going missing throughout his United career so far, but it seems clear from his lack of positioning sense and anticipation that defending is not his strong point, so Mourinho must reduce his responsibility in this regard in order to help him discover his best form next season.
Fred’s arrival would certainly be a huge step in Pogba’s development, as with both Matic and Fred alongside him in midfield, he should be granted the freedom to utilise his creativity and flair to maximum effect.
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