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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba says playing in deeper role has cost him

October 13, 2016

Paul Pogba has revealed he prefers a more advanced role with Manchester United, and suggested playing deeper is “costing” him.

The Frenchman produced a commanding performance at the base of midfield in Les Bleus’ 1-0 defeat of the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Monday. But Pogba has generally struggled to find his best form since moving to Old Trafford for a world-record fee this summer.

Jose Mourinho has experimented with Pogba in a number of positions this season. However, the 23-year-old told the Manchester Evening News he hopes to do more attacking as the season progresses.

“I try to adapt,” Pogba said. “I am a player who would rather go forward.

“The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them. 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.”

Pogba has has appeared in six Premier League matches for United and scored just one goal so far.

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