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Man Utd great Scholes: This is who Pogba needs beside him…

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United have to partner Michael Carrick with Paul Pogba in central midfield.

In the wake of Thursday night's 1-0 Europa League defeat to Feyenoord, Scholes spoke of Pogba's subpar performance alongside Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Red Devils great feels Jose Mourinho should deploy the experienced and composed Carrick next to Pogba to get the absolute best out of the Frenchman who re-joined United on a world-record transfer fee from Juventus in the summer.

"I'd like to see Carrick with him. I think Pogba has shown at Juventus he needs a controlling midfield player and I think Michael has that control and that ability," said BT Sport pundit Scholes.

"Pogba had Pirlo at Juventus and maybe Mourinho needs to go into the transfer market for someone like that.

"Carrick can do it but I still feel they need a controlling midfielder who can control where Paul goes and can control a game of football.

"It's been a little bit of a struggle for him so far. It wasn't his best performance – I think it will come, though.

"It's very early days – I don't really know what position he's playing. Watching up there I'm trying to find…has he got opposition, has he been told to play where he wants. He seems to be a little all over the place at time.

"I really think at times her's trying to do too much on the ball – he trying to beat three, four players – a lot of the time he's running with the ball. Just keep it simple for now, Paul.

"Ease your way in. That's not the player United bought. They didn't buy Lionel Messi to go and beat five players and stick it in the top corner. They bought a powerful, strong midfield player who can take the ball, has got skill, can run.

"If he just gets one, two touch, sticks the ball into Zlatan and runs, nobody can live with that.

"He has so much pace, so much power that it will come. I think Mourinho will find the right partners for him."

Andrew Slevison
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