Manchester United: Can Paul Pogba Salvage His 2019-2020 Season?

It’s been truly a brutal and questionable season for Paul Pogba. From the nagging injuries to the constant rumors of his departure from Manchester United. At this point, Pogba’s future is in the air as anything can happen. All the rumors regarding a move to Juventus or Real Madrid have been nothing but empty promises so far.

Pogba is set to return to training this week. However, Man U’s upcoming clash against Tottenham is postponed, as well as their next game in the Europa League amid the situation involving the coronavirus. It’s unclear when the season is to resume, but Man U plans to continue training regardless.

It’s unfortunate for Pogba to make his return to the squad at such an unfortunate time. However, in Pogba’s case, this gives him some more time to shake off the rust, as well as heal further. Pogba has not been at full strength since August and only has eight appearances with the squad. At this point, he can’t afford to miss any more time, so extra time to train and heal ought to Pogba some good.

Pogba is certainly capable of still making the best of this season. Man U is fighting to finish in the top four in the Premier League in order to qualify for the 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League. With nine games left in Premier League play, Man U can only settle for wins. Furthermore, Man U is still in the Europa League, so there’s plenty of soccer left to play. In Man U’s case, they need a healthy Pogba more than ever. As long as Pogba is and remains healthy, he’ll be able to save what’s been a disappointment of a season. Aside from his health, he’ll need to make a difference on the pitch. Pogba’s health, skills, and performance determines whether he saves his season or not.

Man U is currently utilizing a 4-2-3-1 formation. With Pogba coming back on the pitch, Man U may have to switch to a 4-3-3 because it’s a formation that favors Pogba. Pogba alongside Bruno Fernandes ought to boost Man U’s strength on the attack. The choice for the third midfielder to be play alongside Pogba and Fernandes in the midfield ranges from the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Nemanja Matic.

Man U is to prepare as if their next important game is tomorrow. With no knowledge of when the season resumes, Man U has to be ready for anything. The suspension of soccer due to the coronavirus is a tough pill to swallow. However, on a positive note, team training is still active, so Man U must take advantage.

As far as Pogba goes, he needs to be healthy and ready to go when Man U steps on the pitch again. This is his chance to save what’s been a difficult and frustrating season. He can’t let such a golden opportunity go to waste.

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