Video - Neville on fitting Rooney and Pogba into Man Utd team
Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney could form a dynamic attacking combination for Manchester United when they play together for the first time in the Premier League.
Pogba was suspended from United’s first game of the season after a ban he received in Italy at the back end of last season was imposed following his world record breaking £89m move to Old Trafford earlier this month.
It delayed the introduction of the Frenchman signed from Juventus for a few days, with United thriving in his absence as they recorded a comfortable 3-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Now the discussion has moved on to how Pogba and United skipper Rooney can thrive in the same team, with Neville suggesting the latter needs to find a niche for himself alongside Pogba in an attacking minded United side.
“Wayne needs to settle in to the latter phase of his career position and he thought that would be in midfield,” stated Neville on his return to the Sky Sports Monday Night football studio.
“Jose Mourinho has thrown a spanner in the works and said he wanted him to play further forward.
“What I would say is the four big chances Man Utd had (against Bournemouth) were his. The one thing that will shut everyone up will be goals.
“I don’t think he will play centre-forward any more. I think Pogba and Rooney can play well together in front of a holding midfielder.”
Neville’s studio sparring partner Jamie Carragher was equally optimistic that Pogba and Rooney could fit into the same team, with the former Liverpool skipper offering up these comments.
“When Paul Pogba comes into this team, he is a box to box player. I think that could be a fantastic partnership going forward for Man Utd,” he said.
“They could switch positions, with Pogba in the No.10 role at times and Rooney filling in for him deeper. I think this could be a bonus for United.”