- Nov 8, 2018
Spot on!I would say it's more the system around him rather than the level of the individual players. At Juve he was part of a balanced midfield where he was the most attacking with a fair bit of freedom. The other two did more defensive duties and one of them was also a proper playmaker/controller to share that duty with Pogba. In other words, it was a properly functioning midfield.
With us he's spent the majority of his time playing as one of the deeper midfielders himself, and most of the time even when he's had two more defensive midfielders with him they've had no playmaking ability so he's still had to drop into that position himself. The only two times we came remotely close to replicating a similar system as he played at Juve, we did well. First with Carrick-Herrera-Pogba in 16/17 which was the best we played that season, and then the Matic-Herrera-Pogba combo that we saw on-and-off to great success (from memory after starting with two draws and a loss that combo proceeded to win 17 in a row before Herrera left).
That position is no longer available because of the signing of Bruno and how well he's done, so I personally think we should sell Pogba and reinvest that money into somebody suitable for the deeper position. But I'll always consider our use of Pogba during his first three and a half years to be utter stupidity and a failure that hurt both him and, more importantly for us of course, the team.