Paul Pogba notched up some incredible stats during Manchester United's draw with Stoke
Published 02/10/2016 | 15:14
After a decidedly indifferent beginning to his second stint at Manchester United, Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, seems to be slowly but surely finding his stride.
Within three games following his arrival from Juventus for the highest fee ever paid, there was considerable confusion regarding exactly what was Paul Pogba’s role in the Manchester United midfield. Indeed, the player didn’t look too sure either.
Deployed alongside Marouane Fellaini in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Pogba was often seen to be wandering through games akin to a confused tourist who had misplaced his map.
The detractors quickly derided him as a waste of money, while others pointed to Jose Mourinho for not positioning the Frenchman in a manner that would maximise gifts.
Fellaini’s lack nous compounded matters and, as United slumped to three consecutive losses, Mourinho finally took action.
Selecting Pogba alongside the industrious Ander Herrera immediately improved matters, as evidenced by United’s 4-1 over Leicester last weekend, during which the former headed home his first goal for the club.
Mourinho went for an identical team for this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Stoke at Old Trafford and, once again, Pogba was a far more potent presence.
That said, he, like many of his teammates, missed a number of gild-edged opportunities, and thumped the crossbar after Joe Allen had cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener.
However, all in all, Pogba was largely effective as these stats compiled by Squawka clearly demonstrate:
Paul Pogba's game by numbers vs. Stoke:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 2, 2016
91% pass accuracy
4 chances created
3 aerial duels won
2 take-ons pic.twitter.com/BxGUC8eWKK