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IS PAUL POGBA OVERRATED

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Published 2 weeks ago Oct 12, 2020

By Pulkit

Paul Pogba was considered one of the best midfielders who played the game which made Manchester United pay £89m in 2016 in order to sign him back from Juventus. His form at Juventus was that of a legend and he was expected to strengthen the Red Devils’ side but that was not how it worked out. 

In the 4 years he has been at Old Trafford, there are only 9 or 10 games wherein the Frenchman was able to show his class. The 2018 FIFA World Cup was where he was able to shine and of course hold the trophy as well at the end but was not able to continue his form for the club. He was supposed to be a leader in the middle of the park for United but due to major long term injuries 

POGBA’S INJURY RECORD SINCE JOINING MAN UNITED:

March – April 2017: Hamstring injury – 3 games missed

September – November 2017: Thigh muscle rupture – 12 games missed

November 2018: Muscular injury – 1 game missed

September 2019: Ankle injury – 3 games missed

October 2019: Ankle problems – 17 games missed

December 2019 – March 2020: Ankle problems – 19 games missed

March – April 2020: Match fitness

PAUL POGBA’S STATS JUVE VS MAN UNITED:

The stats suggest that the player has improved what he was as compared to his time at Juventus but he has not been that ‘game changer’ for his current club, he has not been that talisman for the team. The 27-year-old recently said in an interview that he would one day love to play for Real Madrid. Now you could argue that the player was just being honest that he wishes to play for Madrid like it is a dream for a lot of players, which is completely normal. 

But that has made United fans angry as he hasn’t lived up to his reputation for the club and also, he is not the same player he was back in 2015 that Madrid would welcome him with open arms. He’s certainly talented but it’s a big gamble for any club to go for him with the massive transfer fee and enormous wages that come with him. 

At Manchester United, he does not have great players around him like he did at Juve and in France as well. He might have great players around him in Madrid as they’re in a transition as well, hence he’s not being able to show his class. His performance this season has not been great, particularly his performance against Brighton and in that 6-1 loss against Spurs. 

He is expected to do it week-in week-out but he is just not producing enough. He is one of the most overrated players in the world as per current circumstances. The 2020/21 season has not started the way the fans would have wanted to either and it is worrying as to what the future would look like for the lad. The club has conceded 11 goals in 3 games and it is highly worrying for the club. 

The problem is that he is not consistent with his talent and form, the way he influences games for Man United, given his time at the club, he has to be a leader of the team which he completely lacks. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did not get the players that he needed to improve the squad this season and wound up with Alex Telles and an aged Edinson Cavani who are not the right signings. If they had gotten Upamacano and Sancho, we could have seen the best out of Pogba as well. 

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