Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained how Paul Pogba’s alternate role for Manchester United “changes the dynamic” of the team.
The United boss has frequently switched systems and personnel this season, often drawing criticism for doing so.
And there were raised eyebrows when the Norwegian brought Pogba on to the left wing against Leicester on Saturday.
But Solskjaer has explained his decision, claiming playing Pogba in front of Luke Shaw increases the full-back’s attacking influence.
As Solskjaer explained in a press conference on Monday: “Luke is one of those lads with strength and power and quality, and of course down the left-hand side he’s created a good relationship with Marcus.
“Against Leicester, Paul came in on the left and I think that changed the dynamic a little bit and that pushed Luke on more and he had to go more then because if you don’t have a wide man in front of you then it’s the full-back’s responsibility.
“I think he grasps that now,” the United boss added. “Sometimes he’s got to stay back more and sometimes he’s the one that goes.
“I’ve enjoyed working with Luke for a couple of seasons now and he’s a very talented boy that I still want to push on.”