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Owen Hargreaves has named the perfect Manchester United line up when the club’s injured players return to fitness.
The Red Devils have reached the 5th place of the Premier League table. As now the competition has been postponed due to coronavirus outbreak, the club boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to return to the game, with his key players like Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba fit to play.
And Hargreaves believes the Norwegian coach has to build his squad around the club midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
He said on The Analysis Show: “It’s a difficult one because obviously you’ve got to build around Bruno. And I think if Bruno’s in there you can only have one sitter [in midfield]. So that could easily be Pogba and that could be Bruno Fernandes but [Matic] needs to always sit. In the end I think you’ve got to build around your best players and your best players are Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. So you get them in the team and that means rather than these guys getting box to box, Fred and Matic, you just need a sitter.”
The former United player thinks the team will work best in a 3-5-2 formation. He has named his perfect squad, that includes wingers Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams, with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the back-line. Rashford and Anthony Martial are his United front two, while Pogba, Fernandes and Matic will fill the midfield.
“The reason Man United are so far behind Man City, defensively the goals conceded are almost the same, the big difference is in terms of goals scored. I think they’re 20-plus behind Man City. If you can get Pogba into your side with Bruno Fernandes, with Rashford and Martial, then all of a sudden that attack is very, very good. You’ve got one of the best goalkeepers in the division, [David] De Gea, one of the best defences in the Premier League outside of Liverpool and Sheffield United. So that’s not an issue, can you address issues further up the pitch? I think if you get a sitter plus Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford and Martial, that’s a great attacking line up,” he added.