In praise of Paul Pogba's start to the season

Forget the missed penalty, Paul Pogba has a chance this season to raise his game at Manchester United and reach a new level.

Whether his motivation is for the team, or to showcase himself as an individual, United are reliant on him as the engine and creative hub of the midfield.

Here is a trio of interesting statistics about Paul Pogba’s first two games at Manchester United this season.

  1. Pogba has made the most average passes per game of any midfielder in the Premier League who has played two games – 80.
  2. He made 12 accurate long passes against Wolves. Opponents Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho only made 12 between them.
  3. Pogba has created five chances already, and has two assists. The rest of the United team have two assists combined.
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Both of Pogba’s assists came in United’s win over Chelsea, when he cut their defence to ribbons in the second half.

The most agonising element to his penalty miss against Wolves was that it overshadowed the good work he did beforehand, surging forward and winning the spot kick.

We have always known Pogba has talent, it’s just been a case of whether he applies himself as he is capable of.

He definitely needs a few more signature moments in big games to truly win everybody over, but his season is still off to a good start.

The way United’s players have rallied around him amid racism from online trolls has been impressive.

On the pitch he is producing. He’s a United player to be proud of, and simply put, we need him this season if we have a chance of achieving anything.

If he can use the events of this week as motivation and fuel to be even better, well, good luck to Crystal Palace this weekend.

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