Paul Pogba is finally looking like the world’s most expensive midfielder Man United signed.
The dominant Frenchman’s first season at United was a bit stop-start as he struggled for fitness and exerting his influence on games.
Admittedly he still helped the team to a League Cup win and the Europa League trophy with the associated Champions League spot.
And despite being on the sidelines for two months with a hamstring injury this year, Pogba now looks like the midfield star he is destined to be.
Everyone has been falling over themselves in praise for Manchester City this season and it is all deserved.
Pep Guardiola’s side are 12 points clear in the league, having scored the most goals played beautiful football.
Before Christmas it looked like Kevin De Bruyne had the Player of the Year award all wrapped up.
But, Pogba has quietly gone about his business maintaining United’s withering title challenge and making a late charge for the individual award.
These stats prove that Pogba is living up to his £90million price tag and is outperforming KDB.
Starting with the number of Premier League assists, City’s Ginger Prince has nine in 23 games.
After Pogba’s two against Stoke last night he joins De Bruyne on nine – but has done it in 10 fewer games.
While De Bruyne has had people swooning over the type of assists he has provided, and they have been magical at times, for Pogba to have matched his tally in nearly half the amount of games is incredible.
Mourinho’s main midfield man has played just 1134 minutes in the league this season, compared to De Bruyne’s 1969 on the field.
De Bruyne faced the bitter taste of defeat for the first time in the league this season after City’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
Pogba however, has not been on the losing side for 35 consecutive league games.
It’s seven more games than Gabriel Jesus, who is currently unbeaten in 28 games.
Pogba’s run includes nine wins and four draws this season and the overall record dates back to 2016.
So in conclusion, yes De Bruyne can see passes that are not visible for mere mortals and yes he has a Messi-like ability to play the perfect pass for his team mates.
But Pogba is a man-machine, running the show from midfield and using his sheer power, combined with his creativity, to dominate games.
Let’s see where these two are at the end of the season.