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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has compared Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Paul Pogba to how he utilised Cesc Fabregas during his time at Chelsea.
Pogba has regularly played as part of a two-man midfield at Manchester United this season.
Many believe the Frenchman’s best position is further up the field with less defensive responsibility.
But Neville is not surprised to see Pogba play in a deeper role alongside Nemanja Matic, just like Fabregas did when Mourinho was at Chelsea.
“You still think and hope that he would be developing at that age and still getting better,” Neville said of Paul Pogba on Sky Sports.
“He does need to add maturity to his game, he has that feeling of always wanting to be on the ball.
“The kid in the playground who when you’re defending he’s always looking to get free so that when you do pick the ball up he’s always the free man.
“He is playing in a two and I saw this with Chelsea with Jose playing Cesc Fabregas alongside Matic if you remember a couple of years ago and you wondered if it was typical of Jose.
“Jose gets called out a lot for not being attacking enough but actually with the way he’s played this season, with Pogba in a two, it actually has been very attacking.
“It does leave spaces, you think of the Tottenham game, the Arsenal game away where that’s happened.”
Pogba played the first 66 minutes of today’s clash at Newcastle before being replaced by Michael Carrick.
United lost the game 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Matt Ritchie.