Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discusses preferred role for Paul Pogba at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Paul Pogba will be given a licence to get forward at all opportunities for Man Utd as the Frenchman nears a return to full fitness.

The 27-year-old's campaign last season was dogged by injuries but he looked close to his best form on Wednesday in the 5-0 drubbing of Red Bull Leipzig.

Pogba played on the left-hand side of United's diamond-shape midfield, from where he set up their opening goal.

His surging run and incisive pass was finished by Mason Greenwood to put United in front, and the World Cup winner proved to be one of his side's standout performers in the Champions League victory.

Previously Pogba has been used in a variety of roles by Solskjaer, including as the deep-lying midfield player, but his manager insists he is best when contributing in the final third.

"Paul can do everything on a football pitch, more or less," Solskjaer said. "He can play long passes, get in the box, play combinations outside the box.

"But he played really well, he did impact the game. We love to see him driving forward and affecting the game.

"What has been the case after being injured and ill for so long is getting back and the fitter he is the more he can do."

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It was the first time we had seen United adopt the system, with new signing Donny van de Beek providing a good focal point at the tip of the diamond.

Nemanja Matic sat at the base of the quartet, while Fred slotted in alongside Pogba.

United even left Bruno Fernandes on the bench, but the Portuguese star is almost certain to return to the starting XI for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

Discussing the challenge of facing their old foes, Solskjaer added: "Arsenal is always going to be difficult, because they are a very good team with a good manager who has got some great ideas on how football should be played and I’m looking forward to it."

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