The 28-year-old has certainly not hid his desire to play a more attacking role for club and country but has often been deployed either as an auxiliary wide midfielder in a deeper role.
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As far back as 2016 when he returned to Old Trafford after four trophy-laden years with Juventus, Pogba said: “I try to adapt [to playing a holding role under Jose Mourinho].
“I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
“I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
“We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juventus], in 5-3-2.
“I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation.
“In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend.”
United’s abundance of attacking talent, particularly out wide, has made it difficult for Solskjaer to keep his forward-thinking men happy.