Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hinted how and where he intends to play new £90million signing Paul Pogba.
Speaking to BT sport, the Portuguese suggested that the French star is set to line up alongside Michael Carrick at the heart of his first-choice midfield.
Pogba joined United from Juventus this week for a world record fee returining to England four years after walking out on the Red Devils, having grown frustrated at a lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson.
United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the Community Shield win over Leicester, a formation in which Pogba failed to impress during France’s Euro 2016 run to the final.
But Mourinho insists Pogba will play as part of a midfield two.
Mourinho told BT sport: “We have Michael Carrick, a 34 or 35-year-old-man. He is stable, intelligent, to play as one man in front of the defenders, give us all the stability, he knows everything. Tactically, very intelligent.
“We have people like Schneiderlin, Herrera, also play as that, they have experience of the Premier League but after that we have Number 10s. Mata we have, we have possibly Rooney, we have Mkhitaryan, we have number 10s.
“We don’t [didn’t] have what I used to call the second midfield player.”
“The one that is strong enough, is powerful enough, has defensive intensity but at the same time has creativity, has goals, has arrival into finishing areas. He [Pogba] drives the midfield forward.
“We have passers, we don’t have runners with the ball. So he’s the profile of player we found.”
Pogba joins new boys Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at United this summer.