Steve Nicol has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Arsenal will have a better chance of beating Manchester United if he starts Paul Pogba.
Man United have been backed by bookmakers to win the clash at Old Trafford on Sunday. Should United win against the Gunners, it will be their first win at home in the Premier League this season.
Since their embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham on October 4, the Red Devils have gone four matches without a defeat across all competitions.
The Norwegian boss will be aiming to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five matches against Arsenal but has been told he risks losing the clash if he sticks with Pogba.
The France star has started on the bench three times in a row but his performances off the bench earned him a start against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night in the Champions League. The World Cup winner would put out a fine performance and provide an assist to help the Reds pummeled the German side 5-0.
Following Paul Pogba’s performances, the 27-year-old is in contention to start against Arsenal, that lost their last two league matches, but the former Liverpool player has warned Solskjaer against starting the ex-Juve star.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “I’ve got to tell you that as soon as I look at this fixture and as soon as I think about it, as soon as I think of Man United, I think ‘Pogba’s not going to play again’.
“So your highest-paid player, your most sought-after player, the face of the club, isn’t going to kick a ball, because if he does then the result might go against them.
“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]’s been going on all week about how great he was against Leipzig and how he’s getting fitter and waxing lyrical about him.
“But he’s not going to play and he shouldn’t play, because when he plays they’re just not the same.
“[Bruno] Fernandes has to be the free guy joining the attack, you need two sitting midfielders, and it’s going to be Fred and [Scott] McTominay. It’s not going to be Pogba.”