World-record signing Paul Pogba has admitted that he is finding it difficult to adapt to his new role under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, after being deployed in a deeper role.
The £89 million summer signing has occupied one of the two holding-midfield positions in Manchester United’s 4-2-3-1 system, despite being best suited to an attacking role.
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“I try to adapt, I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them,” Pogba told Reuters.
“I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like Pirlo.
“I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
Pogba hasn’t made the best of starts to life in the Premier League, with his only goal in eight appearances coming in their 4-1 win over champions Leicester City.
In France’s 1-0 win over Holland in their World Cup Qualifying group stage match the 23-year-old scored a late winner having playing as an attacking midfielder.
Mourinho could be tempted to push his marquee signing forward, although he is likely to continue in his attempts to mould the former Juventus man into a deeper-lying midfielder.