Man Utd has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with their Paul Pogba replacement from Lazio. according to the Daily Mail.
Amid rumours of Paul Pogba’s move to Real Madrid, Man Utd are the process of finding a suitable replacement. In pre-season so far, Pogba has been shifted from a more attacking role to a deeper midfield position. Andreas Pereira, Mata and Lingard have been favoured for the attacking midfield role.
Pogba’s deep-lying position allows for an easy replacement should Milinkovic-Savic come into the squad, if the French World Cup winner leaves this summer. Being pushed back to this position may be a result of Solskjaer experimenting with other attacking midfield options due to Pogba’s potential move away.
The two players, Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic, are similar and also interchangeable. Here are two qualities that both players can offer Man Utd next season…
Both strong and tall, they are able to dominate the midfield. Milinkovic-Savic spends a lot of time in the midfield action, and could potentially offer even more than Pogba does on the ball. Both in the air and on the ball, they offer solidarity to the midfield and an allow the Reds to win the ball and keep the ball, leading on to their next major quality…
Man Utd has missed a distributing midfielder since the likes of Scholes and Carrick left the squad. Both Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic are more than capable of extravagant and accurate passes. Similar to the ‘cheap option’ Man Utd are looking at in Sean Longstaff.
Milinkovic-Savic, like Pogba, is the heartbeat of his midfield. Both are fantastic at picking out progressive passes, compared to Man Utd’s Nemanja Matic who appears incapable of passing forward.
With the players having a similar style and impact, a direct replacement wouldn’t push Man Utd forward. Therefore, it is necessary that Man Utd do business elsewhere regardless of Paul Pogba’s destination.