Jose Mourinho told to stick with Man United midfielder to get best out of Paul Pogba

Pat Nevin explains why Michael Carrick is so important to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United midfield

Jose Mourinho must continue with Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to get the best out of world-record signing Paul Pogba, according to Pat Nevin.

The England international has been restored to the Red Devils starting line-up in their last two Premier League games after previously making a handful of substitute appearances.

Carrick started alongside Ander Herrera and Pogba as the 20-time English champions eased to a 3-1 win at Swansea City before the international break.

The veteran midfielder retained his place in Mourinho’s side for the visit of Arsenal on Saturday as the title rivals played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old was heavily praised for his performance alongside Herrera and Pogba as Mourinho’s side were denied three points by Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser.

Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin believes Carrick holds the key to Mourinho’s Manchester United midfielder ahead of their home clash against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s amazing the amount of people who say he has been badly missed. He controls games. He reads the game extraordinarily well. Players seem to play better with him and his security around,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball show.

“I think he will be important to Paul Pogba more than anyone else. It gives Pogba the opportunity to get a little bit up the field. If he manages to do that we could see the [Juventus] player.”

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Mourinho took over the reins of Manchester United from Louis van Gaal in May.

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