4-3-3, Donny van de Beek in: how Man Utd could line up if Paul Pogba leaves

Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has long been a sensitive subject. The 28-year-old midfielder is a world-class player and has taken the Premier League by storm this season.

With seven assists in just four games, he sits pretty at the top of the assist charts as he became the first player ever to record seven assists from the opening four games of a campaign.

Pogba has less than one year remaining on his contract at Manchester United and it would be safe to assume that planning has already begun for his potential exit, even if he could still end up extending the contract he signed in 2016.

Earlier this week, his agent teased the possibility of Pogba making a return to Juventus next summer, and should he depart Old Trafford, there are several options for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Earlier this summer, it was reported that the Norwegian boss was keen on making a switch to an attacking 4-3-3 formation, as opposed to the rigid two-midfield system currently in place.

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The potential departure of Pogba could open up an avenue for Solskjaer to do just that, with outcast midfielder Donny van de Beek ultimately being the main beneficiary.

Mason Greenwood’s development could impact Solskjaer’s thinking further up the pitch but as things stand, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are likely to play either side of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Behind the midfield, United’s backline is almost set in stone. David de Gea is the clear first choice after an impressive start to this season whilst Raphael Varane will continue to play alongside Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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