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|Has Paul Pogba Really Flopped At Manchester United by Lexxyla: 5:23pm On Jun 26, 2017|
Paul Labile Pogba's transfer to Manchester United was always going to generate a lot of criticism. For a world record fee at just the age of 23, the Frenchman was expected to take the Premier league by storm. And with Manchester Uniter being the most hated club in the Premier league, Pogba was always going to get a lot of stick for any little mistake he made.
For a world record fee of £89m, Pogba Contributed nine goals and five assists in all competitions for United. Five goals in the Premier league, three in the Europa league and one in the league cup. He also had four assists in the league and one assist in the Europa to his name. Such a return are not impressive for the World most expensive player, are they？ I don't think so. However, from a statistical point of view, Pogba has been beneficial than most Premier league midfielders and was able to outshine every other Premier league player when it comes to one key criteria in judging a midfielder. The frenchman completed more passes in the opposition half with a total of 1,191 passes, 23 more than his closest competitors David Silva(1,168) and Eden Hazard. In terms of total passes, Pogba completed 1,768 passes which placed him behind only Cesar Azpilicueta and Jordan Henderson. His passing accuracy of 82.54 is marginally behind the likes of Eden Hazard and David Silva(Data courtesy of EA sports and Opta).
In the two seasons before his returned to United. Manchester United have been largely lacklustre attacking wise creating 391 and 312 chances in Louis Van Gaal first and Second season with United finishing fourth and fifth respectively during his reign as United's Manager winning a solitary FA cup. However, with the addition of Paul Pogba, United created 447 chances, 56 more than their best return under LVG. Pogba contributed the most with 54 chances despite the fact that he was often deployed as part of a deep lying double pivot, stifling his attacking influence or as a number 10 he is unsuited to. United however scored less this season than in the Van gaal's era which explains the reason why has assist tally has been poor. United have simplt been wasteful in front of goal. Despite their collective failings as a team, they delivered two trophies and the shield with Pogba a very important part of the success.
Whatever you may think of the Frenchman, he will always be a world class performer though he needs to add more steel and consistency to his game. He can't continue to change from being the saviour against West ham to disappearing against liverpool.
His dabs, crazy celebrations, dance, crazy haircuts will continue and so will his footballing ability. He might not have hit the heights expected of the world most expensive player in his first season, but a flop he is definitely not.
|Re: Has Paul Pogba Really Flopped At Manchester United by MrBrownJay1(m): 5:25pm On Jun 26, 2017|
For the price they paid for him?! Without a shadow of doubt, YES!!!
|Re: Has Paul Pogba Really Flopped At Manchester United by Lexxyla: 6:53pm On Jun 26, 2017|
Price tag, maybe but his stats suggest otherwise.
|Re: Has Paul Pogba Really Flopped At Manchester United by MrBrownJay1(m): 7:00pm On Jun 26, 2017|
Here is a clue: do you think they would have spent THAT much on him, if they knew he would score as little as he does?!
|Re: Has Paul Pogba Really Flopped At Manchester United by stanway(m): 7:55pm On Jun 26, 2017|
united wasted millions in signing a dabbing machine,,#pogbaisfraud
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