Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which position Paul Pogba should play for Man Utd

Paul Pogba has been out of action with an ankle injury since Boxing Day (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to maximise Paul Pogba’s attacking talents in a bid to unlock his full potential.

Manchester United’s club-record signing has endured a frustrating season having been restricted to just eight appearances as a result of an ankle injury which required surgery.

Despite his fitness issues, Pogba continues to be linked with a departure from Old Trafford with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid coveting his services. The France international’s agent, meanwhile, Mino Raiola became embroiled in a bitter war of words with Solskjaer earlier this year, but the Norwegian insists the World Cup winner remains an integral part of his plans.

Solskjaer moved to address his side’s lack of creativity by signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January and the Portugal international has hit the ground running in Pogba’s absence.

If and when he returns, however, Ferdinand would like to see Pogba unleashed and deployed in the role he thrived in during his first spell in Turin under Max Allegri.

Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running at Man Utd in the absence of Paul Pogba (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t feel he’s been played in his best position a lot of the time, one of a three in the more attacking side of the three,’ said Ferdinand on his YouTube channel.

‘I think playing him as defensive midfielder, I think he can do it but if you want him to be the £90million star I think the best position for him is the attacking role to create stuff. When you bought him from Juventus, what was he doing there?

‘He was creating chances, scoring goals from outside the box, when they wanted some imagination they’d go through him but he’s not been given that platoform.

‘He’s still is up there with the best numbers but is it competitive with Kevin de Bruyne? It’s not actually because he’s going for the league, the Champions League, he’s in a stable team with great players around him.’

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