Paul Pogba was good against Sheffield United and seemed to be playing without some of the pressure he seems to carry on his shoulders a lot of the time, our editor Michael Mongie claims.
Many of the Manchester United fans that were Pogba’s biggest advocates seem to have shifted in their opinion of the Frenchman since Bruno Fernandes joined the club.
Utd’s new no.18 is consistently brilliant which makes his teammate’s inconsistent moments of magic appear to be a luxury, and they are. Gone are the days when supporters will be happy with the occasional screamer if Pogba is still giving cheap goals away or jogging lackadaisically around Old Trafford.
And that’s exactly why his recent performances will be pleasing to those watching at home.
Pogba’s greatest traits are, without question, his passing range and dribbling ability. He is capable of spraying passes that Paul Scholes would be proud of but also able to nimbly skip his 191cm frame past oncoming defenders.
His nonchalant attitude, however, can sometimes see his passes skew wide of the target or an opponent midfield steal possession in a dangerous area and this is what he needs to continue focusing on.
If he keeps his concentration, he can be unplayable and that’s what we’re seeing at the moment.
Against Sheffield United, both Aaron Wan Bissaka and Alex Telles were the grateful recipients of 60-yard passes and it’s this passing ability which should be used by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the break to unlock Premier League defences.
Mino Raiola has made it clear that Pogba’s future lies away from United but he can still leave the club on a positive note.