The arrival of Van de Beek this summer, United’s only major signing of the transfer window so far, has brought into question how Solskjaer will best set-up his three-man midfield.
A threesome of Van de Beek, Pogba and Fernandes would be the most glamorous option, but it seems unlikely that the trio could form a balanced midfield.
Robson certainly doesn’t think it is the best choice and would sacrifice Pogba for the more defensive-minded Matic.
‘I would probably go with Fernandes, Matic and Van de Beek and just see where they go to,’ the former United captain told talkSPORT.
‘We’ve got Scott McTominay, Fred, who can do that holding role and they you’ve got Pogba.
‘I thought Paul started off poor, even though he finished the season really strong.
Solskjaer was asked if his three biggest midfield stars could perform together ahead of their Premier League trip to Brighton on Saturday, and he insists they will start together at some point.
‘I think good players can play well tomorrow but also Scot, Nemanja and Fred are good players, so competition for places, lots of combinations, different systems, so we’ll see them together at some point,’ said the Norwegian.
Pogba, Fernandes and McTominay started the opening Premier League game of the season which was a disastrous performance in a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Van de Beek came off the bench to score on his debut and may well have done enough to earn his first Premier League start for the club this weekend.