I don't think I've spoken to one Manchester United supporter who isn't excited about the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

United confirmed on Monday that Rangnick has signed a six-month deal to become the manager until the end of the season, before taking up a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

Rangnick is known as the 'godfather of gegenpressing,' the famed German style of counter-pressing football championed by the likes of Jurgen Klopp.

You're immediately instructed to win the ball back after you've lost possession - something that United haven't really been doing this season to any great effect.

Since Rangnick's appointment was announced, there's been plenty of speculation with regard to who he'll favour in his United team.

From what I can gather, a lot of people seem to think Paul Pogba's career at Old Trafford is coming to the end of the line.

However, this ignores the fact that he could be exactly what Rangnick wants in a midfielder. The veteran coach might just be able to get the best out of the ailing France star.

FC Lokomotiv Moscow's Head of Sports and Development Ralf Rangnick gestures during a news conference on the football club's sporting development strategy. Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Rangnick may actually see a future for Pogba at United (Photo by Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)

There is a growing impression that Pogba doesn't press and I'd concur he sometimes looks disinterested and requires other players to accommodate his needs.

The 28-year-old is currently injured but still has seven assists to his name this season and, when he does return, I think they'll be some supporters surprised at what Rangnick can do with him.

If we're going to base Rangnick's favoured type of player on pressing alone, Pogba ranks surprisingly highly. Looking at average pressures per 90 minutes in the United squad this season, he comes in third behind an unsurprising top two of Jesse Lingard (30 per 90) and Fred (26.2 per 90).

Pogba has averaged 19.4, which is higher than the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani - two players who've been praised for their efforts in trying to retrieve the ball.

When you compare Pogba's stats to one of United's favoured midfielders, Scott McTominay, his pressures are higher. The 24-year-old averages 16.1 pressures per 90, although this can partially be accounted for by McTominay often being given a holding brief alongside the naturally more combative Fred.

Rangnick also wants his players to pass forwards, not sideways and Pogba averages more balls into the opposition penalty area (2.29 per 90) than McTominay (0.48 per 90) this season. Pogba is also more than twice as effective than McTominay when it comes to progressive passes - his eight per 90 minutes dwarfing the Scotland international's 3.45.

Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United has been a constant source for rumours
Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United has been a constant source for rumours

McTominay has been widely praised for his performances in the past two matches and rightly so.

Against Chelsea, he was brilliant and deserved his man-of-the-match award. However, when you analyse those passing and pressing stats, it might still be beneficial if his role in the team is switched with Pogba.

Unlike Pogba, McTominay is versatile, which will obviously work in his favour, but we all know he's better in the number eight role, where Pogba prefers to play. Theoretically, the former Juventus man's superior pressing and passing means he should be better suited to that position and it is something Rangnick must ponder.

I could genuinely see Rangnick turning McTominay into a number six because he's proven he can play in multiple positions. It's also why he won't be leaving United anytime soon.

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Contrastingly, Pogba could leave in January and that would create a different headline, but I also feel that if Rangnick begins to pick up some decent results, he will want to be part of something new and exciting.

I'm almost certain that an obsessive like Rangnick has taken a look at Pogba's pressing capabilities and that under-rated quality could prove to be his salvation at Old Trafford.

McTominay, like a lot of United players, will have to improve his pressing and forward passing to excel under the new regime.

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