Meulensteen: PL star with Man Utd ‘DNA’ should replace Pogba

Rene Meulensteen has suggested that Paul Pogba gives Manchester United an “imbalance” and they should replace him with a current Premier League midfielder.

Pogba has regularly been criticised since he returned to Man United for £89m in 2016. He has struggled to hold down a place in the centre of midfield as he has been playing on the left flank of late.

The Frenchman featured as United lost 4-2 to arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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Grealish is a player who has long-been linked with a move to Man United. Meulensteen has told Stadium Astro that the Aston Villa man would be an ideal replacement for Pogba:

“He likes to play with two pivots in Fred and McTominay.

“The reason for that is to protect the back four but I think you need another midfield player in there that is more creative that can do a bit of both like Fernandinho at Manchester City, or Fabinho with Liverpool.

“Pogba creates an imbalance in the team because he has to play, he can’t play as one of the two pivots. Defensively people run off him so he doesn’t do his defensive job.

“You play him from the left OK you try to manufacture something there. I’m not sure. Maybe the best way is to say can we get some money from him and look at what we need.

“I think with the stature of Pogba comes expectations. I don’t think overall he’s lived up to those for whatever reasons. So if I could I would cash-in on him and reshape the team.

“The other problem is Pogba has never openly to the fans committed himself to Manchester United, how much he wants to play for this club. These are big issues for me.

“Declan Rice for me is a very young promising player, but playing for Man Utd is different playing week in week out. You need to be really coming up with the goods.

“I’m not too sure if he would be my pick there are other names touted around. A player like Grealish, he would have the DNA to play for Man Utd and the stature for it. He would have the ambition but it would change the outlook of the team. He is a ball hogger, he likes to dribble and create things for himself.”

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