Who could be Paul Pogba’s best replacement at Manchester United?

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After transfer windows of endless speculation surrounding Paul Pogba, the Frenchman’s second spell at Manchester United looks more likely than ever to come to an end very shortly. The World Cup-winner has rejected a new deal at Old Trafford, amid widely reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

They have a number of options, with the potential for United to buy a new defensive midfielder or directly replace Pogba with an attacking-minded player. 

Well, let’s take a look at some potential replacements for Pogba at United. 

  1. Eduardo Camavinga: 

This talent has been on the radars of Europe’s top clubs for a while now.

As well as Real Madrid, Manchester United have displayed an interest in 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga – because he’s a very special talent.

He has already played 67 league games for Rennes, got three caps and a spectacular goal for France, and consistently demonstrates the ability to dictate games like a seasoned player.

Predominantly preferring to sit back and create from deep, Camavinga can also drive upfield confidently and excitingly to add a spark into build up play further forward.

With an eye for the spectacular, he seems the rightful heir to Pogba within the France squad but, while he’s breathtakingly special already, United may want to think twice about giving him the burdened responsibility of taking over from their current number six at Old Trafford.

FULL NAME: Eduardo Camavinga

BORN: November 10, 2002

HEIGHT: 1,82 m

NATIONALITY: France

ROLE: Midfielder 

OVERALL CAREER STATS

Apps (Subs): 89 (20)

Goals (P): 2 (0)

Assists: 4

Yellows: 15 (0)

Reds: 1

Min Played: 6231

  • Declan Rice: 

Declan Rice has proven he can be that man with his performances for West Ham and England over last season.

Though the Hammers will be reluctant to sell, Rice is believed to be on Solskjaer’s summer shopping list, having impressed with his action-packed displays.

At just 22-years-old, he can become United’s long-term option in the holding role, freeing up a space in United’s line-up for another attack-minded midfielder.

FULL NAME: Declan Rice

BORN: January 14, 1999

HEIGHT: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

NATIONALITY: England

ROLE: Centre Back or Defensive Midfielder

OVERALL CAREER STATS

Apps (Subs): 169 (14)

Goals (P): 6 (1)

Assists: 5

Yellows: 15 (0)

Reds: 0

Min Played: 14010

  • Saul Niguez:

The Spaniard has been one of the names mentioned in recent weeks as a possible midfield target for United.

Saul is one of the most consistent performers in Diego Simeone’s Athletico Madrid team. The midfielder is excellent at recycling possession and dictating tempo. This is one of the critical areas Man United falter in.

Scott McTominay and Fred are not the best in terms of keeping hold of the ball. United would greatly benefit from a player like Saul in their midfield.

FULL NAME: Saul Niguez

BORN: November 21, 1994

HEIGHT: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

NATIONALITY: Spanish

ROLE: Midfielder 

OVERALL CAREER STATS

Apps (Subs): 412 (63)

Goals (P): 55 (3)

Assists: 15

Yellows: 92 (2)

Reds: 0

Min Played: 31192

  • Ruben Neves:

Neves is another central midfielder associated with summer transfers.

The Portuguese player still has two years left to sign and was a key player in Nuno Espírito Santo last season, playing 40 games in all tournaments and returning 5 goals and 1 assist in the Premier League.

However, with Bruno Lage taking over from Nuno, wolves are reportedly open to selling Neves at a reasonable price.

FULL NAME: Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves

BORN: March 13, 1997

HEIGHT: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

NATIONALITY: Portuguese

ROLE: Midfielder

OVERALL CAREER STATS

Apps (Subs): 287 (59)

Goals (P): 25 (5)

Assists: 10

Yellows: 55 (1)

Reds: 0

Min Played: 20609 

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