Manchester United star Paul Pogba is obviously sorely missed from the starting XI but given Scott McTominay and Fred’s form of late, it feels as though his influence has been underestimated.
The world-class Frenchman has missed a large chunk of the season due to injury and despite that, question marks over his future remain.
In fact, some reports have even claimed Pogba isn’t actually injured and is simply refusing to play in order to secure his dream move.
Of course that is a little far-fetched given the academy product’s desire to play through the pain barrier earlier in the campaign which actually ended up aggravating his knock and keeping him out for longer.
United are now weary of rushing him back to full fitness and so are taking their time with him.
Line-Breaking Passes per 90 by Premier League Midfielders (2019-20):
11.64 – Pogba
11.03 – De Bruyne
10.83 – Winks
10.46 – Guendouzi
10.44 – Xhaka
10.44 – Rodri
10.21 – Jorginho
10.20 – Kovačić
10.11 – Norwood
10.04 – Kanté
9.52 – Capoue
9.42 – Henderson
— UtdArena. (@utdarena) December 13, 2019
It’s interesting to see no other Manchester United midfielder is on the list above and so Pogba’s return should see the team playing in a more penetrative manner.
It’s been an accusation levelled at them all season with some even claiming it’s why they’ve struggled against smaller teams who may play with a deeper backline.
With United’s front three in-form, Pogba would be returning at the ideal time and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to play him as an attacking-midfielder to take full advantage of his talents.