Manchester United fans welcomed back a popular number 7 to the team on Saturday at Old Trafford as Cristiano Ronaldo made his return.

Teammate Paul Pogba has another ‘7’ in mind as he increased his assist tally for the season.

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Pogba provided assists for Manchester United’s third and fourth goals, setting up Bruno Fernandes and then Jesse Lingard after Ronaldo’s opening brace.

This added to Pogba’s four-assist haul against Leeds and then further one against Southampton.

Now on seven assists, he is clear in the United squad, with Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, and Victor Lindelof supplying one each, and that’s it.

It shows how reliant United have been on Pogba for creativity, and how happy he has been to provide it.

 

How the rest of the Premier League compares

Right now nobody in the Premier League is coming close to matching Pogba’s fast start. Last season Pogba only had three league assists and six in all competitions. He has already beaten that.

On seven assists, Pogba is clear of the rest. The nearest competitors are Gabriel Jesus and Michail Antonio, on three each.

Mohamed Salah and Allan Saint-Maximin are among several players on two assists each.

It is still early days, but Pogba is on course to break records if he can continue like this.

The record for league assists is 20 in a season, shared by Thierry Henry and Kevin de Bruyne.

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