Frank Lampard sends advice to Paul Pogba about Man United role

The Chelsea FC legend offers some advice to Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba

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Frank Lampard has urged Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to improve the defensive side of his game.

The France international has struggled as part of a two-man midfield alongside Serbia international Nemanja Matic over the past month or so.

Pogba has struggled to fulfill his defensive duties to leave Matic isolated in his role protecting the Manchester United defence.

The Manchester United record signing was substituted in the second half of a 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last month after he was caught in camera in a heated debate with Jose Mourinho.

Pogba was restored to the Red Devils side for a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United but the French midfielder was replaced midway through the second half following his role in Matt Ritchie’s winner.

Former Chelsea FC legend Lampard believes Pogba needs to improve his defensive attributes despite being widely considered as an attacking-minded midfielder.

“I used to play in a three-man midfield mostly, but I was also in a two for the last few years of my time at Chelsea and throughout my England career,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.

“You know when you go into a bigger game that you have to have extra discipline because of what your opponent can do to you.

“So no-one can switch off or have moments out of position. It will damage the team.

“Pogba has to recognise that because he has moments of amazing ability on the ball. He just has to learn that defensive side of the game.”

Pogba moved to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window following Mourinho’s appointment.

The French midfielder left Old Trafford in an £800,000 deal for Juventus in 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba has scored two goals and has made nine assists in the Premier League this season despite missing two months with a hamstring problem.

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