Manchester United have brought former midfielder Darren Fletcher into the first-team coaching setup.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned to his former team-mate to aid their Premier League title charge after he spent time in their youth setup.
Fletcher, 36, joins the coaching setup as a five-time Premier League winner with the club and having also spent time playing alongside Paul Pogba in his first stint at the club.
Fletcher also cut his teeth as a reserve team coach whilst sidelined due to illness whilst Pogba was breaking into the first-team.
And the Scot gave his thoughts on Pogba’s talents and role when discussing that period during an interview on Sky Sports back in 2018.
“The first time I spent out with my illness, going back five or six years ago, I did a spell coaching with the reserve team with Warren Joyce,” Fletcher recalled.
“When the reserve team included Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ravel Morrison, a lot of talented players.
“We played him (Pogba) a lot higher up the pitch in advanced areas, in attacking areas.
“Whether that be central, right or left or wide, and we felt he was the one that would go and win us games really.
“A combination of the fact we felt he had a little bit of ill-discipline in the middle of the park as more of a normal central midfielder.”
Asked if Sir Alex Ferguson agreed on that assessment, he went on to recall the scenario they felt contributed to Pogba’s departure to Juventus.
“Probably the same really,” he said.
“It goes back to a famous game where we feel he left Manchester United off the back of it.
“We lost to Blackburn 3-2 and everyone was injured really, all the midfielders.
“The manager picked Ji-Sung Park, I think Phil Jones and Rafael had spells in midfield, and Paul was on the bench.
“But I think at that time, we didn’t feel he was disciplined enough for the reserve team we were playing him in then.
“To then jump to be playing for the first-team in an important game, I think people could see why.
“I think he saw himself as a central midfielder but we saw him more as an attacking midfielder who could get in areas and be a match-winner.”
A lot has changed since Fletcher’s original assessment of Pogba.
But it could indicate how he will look to bring the best out of the Frenchman alongside Solskjaer now he is part of the coaching team.
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