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‘Pogba can be a phenomenal centre-back’ – Mourinho

The former Juventus midfielder has struggled for consistency since his arrival back at Old Trafford, and his boss feels he could thrive in a deeper role

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba has all the attributes to be a “phenomenal central defender”.

Debate has raged since Pogba’s world-record move to Old Trafford over his best position as his form has fluctuated since the start of the season.

He has mostly been used as a central midfielder by Mourinho, though many pundits believe he should be played further forward.

But the former Chelsea boss feels the France international could thrive if deployed further back in his formation.

“He’s a top player and I think he could be a phenomenal central defender, with the quality of his pass, his aerial game, his agility in such a big body,” he told Sky Sports.

“For the defensive side of the game, coming from the back with the ball he could be a phenomenal central defender. He can play in so many positions.”

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