Paul Pogba appears to be playing in a much more defensive role than he has in the past for Manchester United.
And it appears there are a number of reasons for the shift in position for the Frenchman.
Most commonly Pogba has played in the no. 10 role for United, but with Bruno Fernandes now occupying the main playmaker role, he has been forced to play further down the pitch.
Moreover, it’s thought that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants more protection for the back four, having seen them struggle on their own at times.
Pogba’s physical presence has always made him a threat both in defence and attack.
And alongside Nemanja Matic, the pair appear to have formed a solid partnership, with Pogba playing the deep-lying playmaker role.
Solskjaer praised Matic and Pogba’s performance against Brighton on Tuesday night as they ran out 3-0 winners on the south coast.
“We know that we're 11 men attacking and 11 men defending,” Solskjaer said. “We defend from the front: Anthony, Bruno, Marcus, and Mason pressed Brighton.
“We know how difficult it is to play against Brighton and we stopped them getting a rhythm. And the screening in front of the back four with Paul and Nemanja is quite big to get past as well, so very happy with the shape and intensity.
“You can see with the quality and talent we've got going forward [that] we have a foundation to play from with a good shape, with good pressing, pressing high and with a back four that's used to each other. And David [de Gea] made two tremendous saves today.
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“To be honest, there are loads of reasons behind the clean sheets but that's the foundation behind any team; to have a shape to start from and the intensity and our defensive work was great.”
United next play Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm).