Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has explained how he adapts his game while playing alongside ‘world class’ Paul Pogba.
McTominay was superb during United’s victory over Chelsea, and will continue to build his midfield partnership against Wolves at Molineux on Monday night.
The youngster is now one of the first names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team sheet along with Frenchman, and says he changes the way he plays in accordance to his midfield partner.
“When you play with Paul, he likes to get in the box and your job is to make sure that we are secure at the back and we’re locked in in different areas of the pitch,” the Scot told the club’s official website.
“Obviously you have to remember and respect the fact that Paul is a world class player who can pretty much do anything on a football pitch.”
“You have to adapt to what he does as well and the different runs that he might make, and obviously adapt your game off that. If you are playing with someone else, you have to change that as well,”
“If you’re playing with Nemanja (Matic), Fred and Andreas (Pereira) in different positions like that, it’s always different with who you are playing with.”
With no midfielder signed in the summer, McTominay has pressure on him to deliver consistent performances for the Reds this season. Ander Herrera’s exit this summer means Solskjaer’s squad is now light in midfield options, but gives the 22-year-old the chance to make his first-team mark.
Playing alongside such a talented player in Pogba can only help McTominay, who has improved greatly since his debut season under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba looks like he will stay at Old Trafford beyond the close of the European transfer window and we hope to see him build a formidable midfield partnership with his fellow academy-graduate this season.