- May 21, 2018
I can see where your coming from but i don't think playing with a number 10 has suited us in a long time especially trying to play quick counter attacking football. I feel playing with a pacey front three is the way forward we just need the right midfield trio to really improve our attacking play. I will defend Pogba for the fact he is the only midfielder we have that is able to break in midfield and play the ball behind the opposition defense. If we add a couple of more suitable midfielders that can win the ball back quickly and break at pace beside him along with maybe a top RW( which we've been crying out for for years) would be a start as I feel if Rashford and maybe Martial improve their consistency we can be more of a threat going forward next seasonI'd love him at United. We'd have to sell Pogba first, but I think a shift to 4231 could be of benefit overall.
In the last three seasons:
Pogba has 6, 6, 5 non-penalty goals
Coutiho has 5, 15, 13 non-penalty goals
Pogba has 9, 10, 4 assists
Coutinho has 2, 11, 7 assists
Obviously, Coutinho is coming off a relatively poor season for Barca, but that's because he's competing with Messi for space in the hole. He won't have that problem at United (assuming Pogba goes to fund the deal).
Ole is trying to solve an almost impossible puzzle to create a system that can accomodate a luxury player in a team that isn't good enough to carry him when the going gets tough. The easiest solution is to throw the old blueprint away and opt for an XI full of specialists in every position. Those who like to defend can defend, those who like to attack can attack.
A proper #10 in front of a double pivot would be a quick fix to a years old problem. And the defensive midfielders we need might possibly already be at the club.