Paul Pogba gave a truly magnificent performance during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Frenchman, buoyed by the presence of Michael Carrick in midfield, was an effervescent force all afternoon in Wales, dangerously roaming forward with reckless abandon.
His goal after 15 minutes – a truly thunderous effort from outside the box – acted as a precursor for a powerful display.
A glance at Pogba’s numbers shed light on what was a truly sensational afternoon for the 23-year-old.
Paul Pogba's game by numbers vs. Swansea:
96% pass accuracy
2 aerial duels won
1 stunning goal
Complete display pic.twitter.com/RVZjThPkk6
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It is no coincidence that Pogba’s finer performances have come alongside Carrick, and today’s first half demolition of Bob Bradley’s side served as another case in point.
With the 35-year-old dictating proceedings, taking care of game’s ugly side, Pogba suddenly comes to life: he has, just like with either Claudio Marchisio or Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, a license to drive forward at will, injecting power and panache in equal measure when going forward.
There were times where it felt as if Pogba was going through some kind of training exercise, pinging long passes around the pitch at his own pace, before occasionally deciding to break through the lines and link up with teammates. This wasn’t just Pogba playing well; this was Pogba making fun of the opposition.