Yorke: Pogba signing will aid Rooney

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Aye aye, captain: Pogba to bring out the best in Rooney?

Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke believes that the acquisition of Paul Pogba could do wonders for club captain Wayne Rooney.

England’s all-time top scorer regularly featured in a withdrawn midfield role under previous manager Louis van Gaal.

However, Jose Mourinho made it clear in his very first press conference as United boss that Rooney will be played at the top end of the field.

Yorke concurs with Mourinho’s plan and is excited to see Rooney play upfront, especially with the prospect of Pogba supplying him from midfield.

“Hopefully, with the acquisition of Pogba coming into the team, he doesn’t have to worry about coming looking for the ball. The ball will finally come to him,” Yorke told Sport360.

Pogba's Juve record

  • 4 Serie A
  • 2 Coppa Italia
  • 2 Supercoppa Italiana
  • 1 Champions League runners-up

Yorke scored 29 goals and won the treble in his debut season at United and fully appreciates the value of having top class midfielders in support having played with the likes of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.

“I can see why Mourinho said ‘listen, he’s going to be playing up top’ because that’s where Rooney is good. That’s a specialist position. When you play in that position all the time, your mindset is like that. He doesn’t have to go looking for the ball now. I think that’s part of Mourinho’s plan.”

Pogba is widely reported to complete a move to Old Trafford imminently for a world record fee, re-joining the club four years after leaving for Juventus on a free transfer.

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