Wayne Rooney insists Paul Pogba would be an ‘absolute nightmare’ for defenders if he made more runs into the box.
The Manchester United midfielder has scored 31 goals since rejoining the club for £89million from Juventus in 2016.
But Rooney, who won five Premier League titles with United in a 13-year spell from 2004, thinks Pogba would score more regularly if his midfield position was tweaked by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In his Sunday Times column, Rooney said: “I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide.
”He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.
“I would use him in that role – it’s one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible.”
Rooney revealed legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson used to warn his players about certain attacking midfielders.
United’s all-time top scorer, with 253 goals, added: “A nightmare is the Frank Lampard type, the midfielder who runs past you.
“With Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say, ‘this player is not a one-man job – you have to pass them on’.
“He would say that about some you wouldn’t imagine – Stephen Ireland was one, Jermaine Jenas another, purely because they were willing to run beyond your midfield.
“With those players, there’s going to be a crossover movement from when your central midfielder is dealing with it to when your centre-back is.
“One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best – like Lampard – punish you.”