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Paul Pogba will be unleashed as a No 10 with more freedom to do what he likes when Manchester United attack… but how will Bruno Fernandes and Co work with the fit-again Frenchman in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new-look line-up?

Beyond sorting out food deliveries, figuring out which Netflix series to binge next and scheduling his mandatory walk, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have had one big question on his mind during lockdown.

How, exactly, would he fit Paul Pogba back into his side?

The return of the Premier League was always likely to coincide with the Frenchman’s return to full fitness and for Solskjaer, that was something of an issue.

Manchester United were on form before football was suspended, with January arrival Bruno Fernandes impressing in their midfield.

Around him, the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay were also playing well, while Nemanja Matic had filled in when called upon by the Norwegian. Pogba has spent this time on the sidelines, recovering from a long-running ankle issue that has been a problem all season.

But Pogba was never going to be left in reserve when he became available again. Whatever the doubts are over his attitude or performances during stages of his Old Trafford career, this is a World Cup winner and an asset in his prime years.

Solskjaer now seems to have a solution. In an attempt to get him working with Fernandes, who has a similar profile to him, he is going to move Pogba into attacking midfield.

The 27-year-old played behind the striker as a No 10 during an intra-squad friendly at Old Trafford last weekend.

While he is still working on his fitness, having not played since Boxing Day, Solskjaer is said to have been impressed with Pogba in that role.

Others have called on him to play there in the past. Paul Parker said in 2018: ‘The game comes very easy to Pogba and I just wonder, if long-term, he might be better suited in the No 10 role, where he can do what he likes more or less in that final part of the pitch.

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