Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big decision to make as Manchester United will continue to score goals if they continue to name Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the same squad.
Excellent creative players as they are, neither of them is good enough defensively to play together in a three-way midfield.
This is certainly the case against one of the Big Six and on Saturday they were surprised on several occasions against Brighton.
Paul Pogba has become a defensive problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United
United will continue to deliver goals with Pogba and Fernandes in the same roster
Their deficiencies put Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw under enormous pressure as they were constantly caught between tracking Brighton wingers and wide forwards.
Compare that to Liverpool, where Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson can bomb forward whenever they want due to Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum’s know-how from the midfield.
It’s not laziness on Bruno’s or Pogba’s part, it’s just an aspect of their game that defensively they are reactive rather than proactive. They just don’t sense or sense danger quickly enough. By the time they realize they have to go home, it’s too late.
Pogba’s challenge on Aaron Connolly in the area was canceled but he was still on display
Bruno gave a penalty and let Solly March go for Brighton’s second goal.
Pogba’s challenge on Aaron Connolly in the zone was knocked down by VAR, correctly, but he was still late and in danger of being exposed.
I think it’s significant that United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax. He has more energy and is more of a box-to-box player than Pogba or Bruno.
I think once he’s fully integrated into the United setup he starts off with a more orthodox midfielder and that leaves room for the two glamorous players, unless you’re up against a weaker side at Old. Trafford without too much offensive threat. .
Over the past few months I have to say Bruno has been more influential in an offensive sense than Pogba, so I don’t know where that leaves the Frenchman, who was substituted just over an hour after the two Premier games. United League.
Of course, there is a caveat that Pogba has tested positive for Covid in the build-up to the season, so maybe he is behind the rest in terms of fitness. When he is at 100%, we saw him win the World Cup alongside N’Golo Kante.
At the moment he looks far away and Solskjaer will have a lot of thinking to do as United have conceded five goals in total against Crystal Palace and Brighton.
They were lucky enough to win on Saturday, as Brighton continued to hit the woodwork and the winning penalty came after the final whistle.