Tuesday, 16 January 2018
String-pulling Pogba United's heartbeat and the best in Europe
After the dark days of Tom Cleverley, Eric Djemba - Djemba, Kleberson, Anderson and countless others, United finally look set to have a player up to the task of replicating Scholes. Still only 24 and now in his prime, Pogba has all the attributes to be the heartbeat of this side for many years to come, hopefully until the end of his career.
When the Frenchman plays well, so do we and he's at the heart of a remarkable record that gives Pep and City a run for their money. The Reds have not lost a league game in which Pogba has been involved since that 4-0 defeat at Chelsea back in October 2016 - a run that spans 35 games. An incredible unbeaten run that shows just how important Pogba is to this United side. Having re-signed for the club from Juventus in a head-spinning transfer, he started slowly and had to deal with unfair criticism during the early months of last season. It's fair to say that those doubters have been spectacularly silenced.
Pogba's importance and influence was only demonstrated further against the Potters with his brace of assists for Valencia and Martial - his eighth and ninth of the season. A tally accrued in 13 games, that's the best games-to-assist ratio in Europe's top five leagues. Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane have had all the plaudits for their impressive seasons as the key creative cogs for Pep Guardiola's dominant juggernaut. The City duo have totted up the same number of assists as Pogba, but have only done so in 23 and 21 games respectively. To further highlight his impressive contribution, PSG's Neymar has nine assists in 14. Let's not forget either, that Paul leads the way despite a two month absence through injury. Had he been fit for the whole season, not only would he be outperforming the rest of the continent comfortably, but United would also be a lot closer to City.