Without a shadow of a doubt, Paul Pogba has the potential to flourish into one of the best midfielders on the planet. The Manchester United man re-joined the Red Devils for a then-world record fee of £89 million back in 2016 and it would be fair to claim that Pogba has yet to hit top form at Old Trafford.
According to statistics available via WhoScored, Pogba notched six goals and 10 assists in 27 Premier League appearances last season and United supporters will be expecting increased production in 2018/19. Fans will recall his incredible second half effort in the 3-2 win away at Manchester City – Pogba lived up to his hefty price tag on that particular day.
Currently in action for France at the World Cup 2018, the 25-year-old could return for pre-season training with an international trophy under his belt. Pogba was influential in patches last season and an injury suffered in October hindered his chances of a successful campaign. With a bit of luck on the injury front, Pogba can shine as Jose Mourino’s midfield general…
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Argentina:
13 passes in the final third
10 ball recoveries
2 take-ons completed
2 tackles completed
2 aerial duels won
1 key pass
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) June 30, 2018
Pogba will be playing with a chip on his shoulder after receiving some rather unfair criticism in 2017/18 but United can use that hunger and desire as fuel for a positive season. The Red Devils will be hoping that new summer signing Fred will give Pogba the freedom to take on a more advanced role; Mourinho will want to get the best out of the talented Frenchman.
United are priced at 6/1 in Premier League betting odds with bet365 ahead of the upcoming season and the Old Trafford faithful know just how vital Pogba is to their title hopes. At his brilliant best, Pogba has the talent to turn a game on its head in the blink of an eye and fans will be expecting big things from the France star in the coming months.
Getting off to a fast start could be the difference between success and failure for United in 2018/19 – the Red Devils cannot afford to give Manchester City an early advantage in the title race. Mourinho will want nothing more than to pip old foe Pep Guardiola to England’s top-flight crown and the two Manchester clubs will both fancy their chances.
Winning the Premier League title was one of Mourinho’s primary objectives when he was appointed at Old Trafford and United are certainly in a much better position to compete for silverware than they were before his arrival. The English title continues to elude their grasp though and United fans will be hoping that Pogba can fire the Red Devils to glory.
Looking past the haircuts and off-field antics, Paul Pogba is a gifted footballer and United should continue to build around the Frenchman. The 25-year-old looks destined to enjoy a successful campaign after an injury-hit year and a positive performance for France this summer will have United fans dreaming of Premier League success. A first top-flight title since the Sir Alex Ferguson era beckons if Pogba stays fully fit.