Paul Pogba treated Manchester United fans to a complete midfield performance on his return from injury during their side’s first leg 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final.
The Frenchman missed out on Premier League draws with Manchester City and Swansea after sustaining a knock during the 2-0 win over Burley and Man United’s midfield – and indeed general potency – suffered as a result.
He was thrown back into the fray against Celta and duly dismantled the home side with a commanding performance in midfield.
The 24-year-old’s stats from the game tell you all you need to know about what was an effervescent display from start to finish.
Pogba's game by numbers vs. Celta Vigo:
1 key pass
100% dribbles completed
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Some people, I fear, will always view Pogba as subpar. That’s what an agenda is and they are everywhere. If Twitter was around back in 1970 there would, I’m sure, be a queue of people lining up to label Pele as a fraud.
But anybody who watches United’s performance against Man City last Thursday and compares it their display in Galicia will be able to spot the crucial difference Pogba makes to his side’s momentum.
Without him United can often look stilted, devoid of options, lacking any bite or purpose; with him, however, as shown against Celta, United take complete control, with Pogba charging forward and spraying passes with pin-point precision to a point where it feels like nobody else is even engaging in this midfield battle.
He has everything one could demand from a midfielder and, most importantly, will only continue to improve.