Carrick: Fernandes, Pogba and McTominay is the 'perfect' midfield

Michael Carrick claims Manchester United have a perfect midfield blend – even before a proposed move for Jack Grealish or James Maddison this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants more creativity in the middle of the pitch, with Donny van de Beek also highly admired. But Carrick believes the imminent return of Paul Pogba, alongside fit-again Scott McTominay and January signing Bruno Fernandes, will finally give United the options they’ve lack for the majority of the campaign. “It’s something that we haven’t had for an awful long time this season,” the coach told United's podcast. I’m looking forward to seeing it.” McTominay returned from knee ligament damage just before the season was suspended due to coronavirus, while Pogba has missed most of the campaign with foot and ankle problems and is now ready to return.  But United still managed to put together an 11-game unbeaten run – largely inspired by the arrival of £47m Fernandes, along with the dramatic improvement of Fred and Nemanja Matic. “I do think all of sudden now with everyone fit and Bruno coming into the squad we’ve got a lovely variety to choose from.” Carrick has played a significant role in Fred’s development as the Brazil international has finally begun to find consistency in a United shirt. And Solskjaer will also rely on his input when determining how to deploy a midfield that will have Pogba, McTominay and Fernandes when football resumes. Carrick gave an insight into their tactical approach and why they prefer not to deploy one traditional holding midfielder. “If you’ve got the two that can do the same role all of a sudden it’s not as easy for one striker to sit on them and nullify the threat,” he said.