Paul Pogba treated Manchester United fans to another commanding midfield display during their side’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League.
The Frenchman, a highly criticised figure following defeats at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, sent a message to his doubters with a masterful display, characterised by an array of superb balls forward and driving runs from deep.
His stats from the game illustrate just how influential he was when it came to toppling Antonio Conte’s men.
Pogba's game by numbers vs. Chelsea:
1 tackle won
46 passes completed
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Another notable stat that ought to be included is that the 24-year-old made more passes in the final third (19) than any other player on the pitch.
There were many passes that didn’t come off, but that is, somewhat paradoxically, exactly why Pogba is such an exciting talent: he never shirks away from a challenge, always expressing a desire to be involved at every turn. Many players will – especially in big games – make a couple of errors and retreat into safety mode, only making safe, sideways passes.
Not Pogba. He believes in his supreme talent on the ball at all times, regardless of what anybody says, and refuses to take a step back. All he knows is domination – moving forward and further honing his exceptional ability. And today, against the league leaders, he demonstrated exactly why Mourinho broke the world transfer record to bring him to Old Trafford over the summer.