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McTominay hails Paul Pogba: “He can pretty much do anything”

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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay praised his “world-class” team-mate Paul Pogba, who he reckons can do “pretty much anything”.

Despite ongoing doubts surrounding his Old Trafford future, Pogba has carried over his strong pre-season form into the new campaign. He delivered a standout second-half display in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea during last weekend’s Premier League opener.

The World Cup winner capped things off by providing assists for Marcus Rashford and Daniel James’ goals.

While Pogba has naturally received his fair share of plaudits for his display, his developing midfield partnership with McTominay hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The 22-year-old has occupied a deeper role inside the Red Devils midfield, which has allowed Pogba more freedom. And it seems manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to stick with the pair for his line-up after playing them together regularly this summer.

“When you play with Paul, he likes to get in the box,” McTominay told the club’s website.

“Your job is to make sure that we are secure at the back and we’re locked in in different areas of the pitch.

“Obviously you have to remember and respect the fact that Paul is a world-class player who can pretty much do anything on a football pitch.

“You have to adapt to what he does as well and the different runs that he might make, and obviously adapt your game off that. If you are playing with someone else, you have to change that as well.

“If you’re playing with Nemanja (Matic), Fred and Andreas (Pereira) in different positions like that, it’s always different with who you are playing with.”

Pogba and McTominay will have a chance to further cement their new partnership at Wolves on Monday.

After winning their league opener, Solskjaer’s side hope to make it two wins out of two for the new season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Scott McTominay of Manchester United challenges for the ball with Ross Barkley of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on August 11, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)