Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Matic signing will help Pogba

The marking of workhorse Nemanja Matic ought to permit Manchester United to improve utilization of skilled France midfielder Paul Pogba in the coming years, the club's previous forward Brian McClair said.

Joined administrator Jose Mourinho procured the tall Serbian authority from Premier League adversaries and champions Chelsea for a detailed charge extending from 40 million to 50 million pounds on a three-year contract on Monday.

"Joined need somebody who stays there behind Pogba, who played his best football when (ebb and flow United skipper) Michael Carrick additionally played last season," McClair told ESPNFC (www.espnfc.com).

"Michael is arriving at the finish of a brilliant profession, so United need somebody who can accomplish something comparable however will's identity more portable in the coming years."

With Pogba a normal starter for United, Matic looks set to go after a midfield space with the 36-year old Carrick, Spaniard Ander Herrera and Belgian implementer Marouane Fellaini.

"For the time being, I could see that somebody like Matic would fit in," McClair said.

"In a few diversions, Paul Pogba has been in the wrong place and it has smothered his capacities which United got him for."

Matic, who turned 29 on Tuesday, won two Premier League titles in his second stretch with Chelsea, having been offloaded to Portuguese goliaths Benfica in 2011 amid his initially spell with the club under Mourinho.

Pogba, who was dispatched out from United to Juventus by Alex Ferguson in 2012 as a 19-year old, came back to Old Trafford a year ago for a then world record charge of 89 million pounds and persevered through an inconsistent rebound.

With Matic boosting the variety of ball-victors at United, the physical yet gifted Frenchman ought to be permitted to play assist upfield to make utilization of his most prominent aptitudes.

"Pogba's characteristics are tied in with assaulting," said McClair.

"He can discover a pass, beat a player and has fabulous aptitudes. He can score objectives. For him to have the best chance of achievement at Old Trafford, Pogba should be playing in the last third of the pitch however much as could reasonably be expected."

Matic could make his aggressive introduction for last season's Europa League victors United against Champions League holders Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup confrontation next Tuesday in Macedonia's capital Skopje. 

Matic is United's third marking this late spring, following Romelu Lukaku from Everton and Victor Lindelof from Benfica

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