Paul Scholes thinks Man Utd have found a "maverick" in their win over Roma

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Paul Pogba is at his most effective when he is given a "free role", like he was in the Red Devils' 6-2 win over Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has begun playing Pogba out wide on the left, instead of using him as part of a midfield two.

Pogba played there against Roma and Scholes felt the Frenchman was "outstanding", claiming the new role he has been given allows him to be "a bit of a maverick".

Speaking to BT Sport, Scholes said: "I thought Pogba was outstanding tonight. From that position it's a position where you can create, score goals.

"This position is perfect when you want to be a bit of a maverick. Have a free role in your team, you can do it from that side. The right-back will be tasked with dealing with him but once he steps inside the right-back can't go with him.

"Some of the quality he shows was brilliant. He was overdue a goal and let's hope he can go on a run now."

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BT Sport he felt Pogba is "very good" in his new position, saying: "We know we've got creative players.

"I know we've got players who create big moments and chances. It's about getting them up there in positions. Paul, I think is very good in that position [on the left-wing]. You've got the foundation behind him [with Fred and Scott McTominay].

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  • "Marcus [Rashford], Edi [Cavani], Bruno [Fernandes], Paul… against any players they will create chances, so it's about taking them. That's the difference today; we took most of our chances.

    "I think they showed character and didn't lose their heads. I think maybe, five or ten minutes at the end of the first half we didn't look great but the two goals are junior. Very schoolboy errors. Shouldn't happen at this level. But we corrected it."

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