Manchester United’s new-look central midfield the driving force towards success

Paul Sorene

28th, August 2017

Manchester United’s imperious start to the new Premier League season has sent a warning to the rest of English football, with the all the signs pointing towards the Old Trafford outfit posing a real title challenge in 2017-18.

Consecutive 4-0 wins over West Ham United and Swansea City have been one-sided affairs, with the Red Devils’ pace and power standout features.

Given the fact that United have scored eight goals in two game, conceding none in the process, punters using are starting to think that odds on the Manchester outfit winning the title are looking more appealing.

While many have been quick to praise summer signing Romelu Lukaku, a more sturdy defence and intricate play by the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata, another feature has been the most impressive.

United’s new central midfield pairing of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic has completely dominated affairs in their first two matches and looks like a perfect blend for Jose Mourinho’s men.

After the French star returned to Old Trafford last summer for a then world-record transfer fee of £89 million, he initially struggled in the Premier League.

Mourinho tried different combinations in the boiler room to get the best from Pogba, with formations switched and partners including Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

However, in Matic it looks like Pogba has found his perfect foil.

The fact that Chelsea sanctioned the Serbian enforcer’s move to a direct Premier League title rival is slightly surprising – more so given his sublime early season form.

Matic’s presence in front of the United back four has offered real defensive protection and repeatedly ended opposition attacks, with his positional sense and discipline excellent.

Add to this the midfielder’s experience, proven record of winning and range of passing from deep and the 29-year-old is clearly the complete package as a midfield anchor.

With Matic sitting in front of the United defence, this has given Pogba a licence to get forward and influence the game in the final third.

The former Juventus man is capable of fulfilling a deeper role, but is best when deployed as a box-to-box midfielder with the ability to create and score goals for his team.

Pogba’s link-up play with the elements of the United attack has already been much-improved on last season, while his sublime finish to score against Swansea was a classic example of the world-class talent he possesses.

While Chelsea have signed an exciting replacement in Tiemoue Bakayoko, it remains to be seen if the current champions will regret their decision to sell Matic come next May.

For United, if Mourinho can keep his impressive midfield duo fit and firing, they look like a match for any other pairing in English and European football.

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