Paul Pogba wins WhoScored’s Europa League Player of the Tournament award

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba has won WhoScored’s Europa League Player of the Tournament award after guiding Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The Frenchman featured in all 15 of Man United’s european games this season and, after opening the scoring in the final, was later handed a place in WhoScored’s Europa League Team of the Season.

United supporters were quick to heap praise on Pogba’s bombastic influence on Wednesday as well as throughout the entire tournament.

And the 24-year-old, in turn, was named as WhoScored’s Europa League Player of the Season.

Firstly, it is worth noting that Pogba’s status as Europa League Player of the Season was determined through amalgamating a variety of important factors – passing, ‘Man of the Match’ awards, and so on – as opposed to mere subjectivity.

In other words, Pogba was objectively the best player in this competition. Then again, it’s hardly as if we needed a series of numbers to determine this: Anderlecht, Celta Vigo and Ajax are all strong sides, blessed with plenty of energy and dynamism, but when pitted against the Frenchman they all looked like boys, unable to cope with his unique blend of close control and sheer power.

Too good for the Europa League, it seems; next season’s Champions League promises to be a more suitable test of Pogba’s abilities.

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