What Manchester United need from Paul Pogba

In this article, we take a look at what Pogba should bring to Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side.

Signed in the summer of 2016 for a then-record transfer fee, many feel the Frenchman hasn’t lived up to his price tag.

Over the course of the last few seasons, Pogba’s ability and efficiency have been constantly debated.

Some fans and pundits feel he has done well, some feel he hasn’t. Because his price tag was so high, much was expected of him, perhaps too much.

Eventually, speculation began to surround his future at United, with Juventus and Real Madrid said to be interested.

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Pogba is however set to stay at United according to The Athletic. In a Talk of the Devils podcast, their correspondents claimed an Old Trafford stay was the most likely outcome for the Frenchman.

The French International has only made 7 previous appearances for the Red Devils this season. He looks set to rejoin the side when the season resumes.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at what Pogba should be expected to bring to Manchester United for the foreseeable future.

Dictator

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As a midfielder, Pogba is one of the most complete. He’s got the stamina and athleticism to get up and down the pitch, as well as the technique and skill required to craft out chances.

His range of passes is exceptional, and his teammates realize this. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, they seek to get the ball to him.

In his 5 league appearances this season, the Frenchman had 91.7 touches and carried the ball a total distance of 322.2 meters per 90 minutes played.

He also completed 65.7 passes per 90 minutes played in this period with a pass completion rate of 83.2%. (Stats via FBref)

He certainly possesses the ability, and Manchester United will need Pogba to make the most of every possession, dictating the tempo of games in the process.

Instigator

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Pogba’s contributions will be required higher up the pitch as well. United will need to feel his presence in the final third.

Aided by new signing Bruno Fernandes, Pogba will be required to not only dictate the tempo of games but to also provide the creative spark needed to break down opposition defenses.

He has already displayed his ability to do so this season. In the Premier League, he has played 8.45 progressive passes per 90 minutes played.

He has also played 0.86 through balls and has performed 5.34 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes played. (Stats via FBref)

Solskjaer will definitely need him to keep up the good work.

Leader

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This is perhaps where United need him most. Paul has come under immense scrutiny in recent times, and an excellent attitude on the pitch can only help him and the club.

Perhaps the biggest name at the club, the players will look to him as a leader in the dressing room.

The fans will also look to him to lead the team on and off the pitch. He has already demonstrated his ability to lead a team to glory with the French National team.

United will need him to replicate this as Solskjaer’s seeks to return the glory days to the red half of Manchester.

 

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