Paul Pogba was simply streets ahead of everyone during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The Frenchman produced a masterful performance, dictating the midfield with a mixture of irresistible strength and silky skill on the ball.
He gave Man United the lead on 15 minutes, driving the ball into the roof of the net, before killing the game with a penalty in the second half.
Pogba’s numbers from the game tell the story of a truly dominant performance.
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Fulham:
21 final third passes
6 passes into the area
5 ball recoveries
2/2 tackles won
3 successful take-ons
Form of his life. 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/qRNsL5R1fs
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 9, 2019
The 25-year-old now has more goal involvements (21) than any other midfielder across Europe’s top five leagues this season. His goal tally – 11 Premier League goals – is better than any total he amassed at Juventus.
The above statistics become even more astounding when you realise that, for most of the season, Pogba was at war with his manager, who wasn’t even starting him by the end.
There is a strong case to suggest that Pogba, at this moment in time, deserves to be recognised as the best midfielder in the world. Games like today were a case in point: it felt like Pogba was playing on a different level altogether, like putting a grainy, pixelated image next to an Ultra-HD canvass.
It was a joy to watch. And with Pogba playing like this, United have a strong chance against PSG.