Paul Pogba has collected quite a following of naysayers since returning to Manchester United back in 2016.
Much of this criticism has been to do with just how expensive he was at the time (£89.3 million) and whether or not he has truly warranted this fee. Even though Jose Mourinho and others have pointed out that this price tag is irrelevant to his impact on the pitch, these remarks are unlikely to ever fully diminish.
One former United player who has hit the headlines over his criticism of the Frenchman is Paul Scholes, who Mourinho has since taken aim at regarding his comments about the midfielder following United’s clash with Southampton at the weekend, saying that ‘it’s not Paul’s fault that he has made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s not Paul Scholes’ fault either, it’s just the way football is.’
It’s now 435 days since Paul Pogba last ended on the losing team in a Premier League game (October 23rd 2016 v Chelsea). Since then he’s played in 34 games (W21 D13 L0), while Man Utd have lost five games without him in this period.
These inflammatory remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Old Trafford club’s clash with Everton on New Year’s Day are sure to further divide opinion on the player in question, however in statistical terms, it is extremely difficult to argue against the 24-year-old having a positive contribution to the United starting XI.
As picked up on by Opta, it’s now 435 days since Pogba has been on the losing side in a Premier League game.
While there are a myriad of reasons behind a run like this, not least the world-class teammates he has playing with him, Pogba’s impact in midfield cannot be underestimated in United having a strong season so far.
They may be unable to catch Manchester City at the top before the end of the current campaign, however with Pogba still at the club in the seasons to come he will be essential to a potential title win under Mourinho.