Thursday 22 February 2018

Statistics that confirm Paul Pogba's season has not been so he responds to N'Golo Kante comparisons

Manchester United's Paul Pogba not happy with the criticism that has come his way this season
Manchester United's Paul Pogba not happy with the criticism that has come his way this season
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba answered some of his critics with a committed display in his side's 2-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday - and it seems his clash with Blues midfielder N'Golo Kante may have fired his burners at Old Trafford.

Kante is being tipped to land the PFA Player of the Year prize later this month after a thrilling debut season for Chelsea, as he appears to have overshadowed Pogba since the Frenchman made his £89m move to United.

Yet after getting the better of Kante in United's 2-0 win on Sunday, Pogba has now made more passes (1726) and created more chances (53) than any other midfielder in this season's Premier League.

They are impressive statistics that back-up Pogba's claims that his first season back at United has not been as poor as the critics would suggest, with the Kante adulation clearly frustrating him.

"I've heard Kante is a top, top midfielder, which I agree with. He is a top-class midfielder for what he does. But he doesn't score many goals, does he? They don't speak about this," Pogba told Sky Sports, in one of his most passionate interviews yet.

"They speak about what he does on the pitch. He gets the ball, he passes the ball and he makes the game. Me, I try to do this.

"I score more goals than Kante but they still say Kante does this and does that. If you want to speak about scoring goals, you should judge every midfielder the same way.

"They only speak about the transfer and about the money. I wanted to say, in real life for a normal person, nobody can be worth £100m.

"The transfer is done, we cannot talk about this anymore. We have to focus on the pitch and speak about football.

"If they want to talk about me, that's fine. There's no problem with that but they cannot compare emojis and haircuts with football. What is on the pitch and what is outside the pitch, we don't mix these.

"I just want to play, whether it's on the right or the left. I give 100 per cent all the time. The most important thing is to be a midfielder first, not scoring goals.

"You have to make the game, make an assist for the team and if you can score it's a plus for the team."

Pogba also urged United's doubters to reserve a verdict on their season until they have kicked their final ball as he added: "Let us judge at the end when we know what we have achieved."

After his impressive performance in United's midfield against Chelsea, Pogba may well be ready to silence his doubters in the grand manner between now and the end of the season.

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