Paul Pogba tell Mourinho: This is the position I prefer to play in

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The Frenchman has found himself primarily being used as a defensive midfielder under Jose Mourinho this season – usually starting in front of the backline in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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At times he has played behind the lone striker, but once again for France last night he featured alongside Blaise Matuidi just in front of the defence.

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Pogba netted a brilliant long-range goal as his side recorded a 1-0 win over Holland in their latest World Cup qualifier.

And after the match the 23-year-old admitted playing further forward, as he did for Juventus prior to his £89m move move to Manchester United, is his preferred position.

He said: “I try to adapt myself [in my new position in midfield].

“I am a player who will rather [push] forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.

“I have to be more sober and clean, I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts.

“It cost me a bit to play differently, much like (Andrea) Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.

“Our goal is to go to the World Cup. Today, we took some good points. It was a good first half and it was a little more laborious second. But we’re happy.”

Having helped France to two wins from two matches over the international break, Pogba will now return to United’s training base as he prepares for their upcoming visit to Anfield to face rivals Liverpool on Monday night (8pm).

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