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3 reasons why Paul Pogba is finally justifying his price-tag

Subhadeep Roy
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5.28K   //    31 Dec 2018, 14:02 IST

Paul Pogba has been in outstanding form since Solskjaer took over
Paul Pogba has been in outstanding form since Solskjaer took over

Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer in the world when Manchester United signed him from Juventus for a sum of £89.2 million in 2016.

However, he has had a topsy-turvy ride at United. He did not have a very good rapport with former United manager Jose Mourinho, and warmed the bench for a considerable period of time.

Even when he played, he was given a withdrawn role and had to stay back in his own half most of the time.

Things seem to have taken a positive turn since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the caretaker manager. Pogba has scored 4 goals in the last 3 matches for United and finally seems to be doing justice to his price tag.

We take a look at the 3 reasons why Pogba finally seems to have clicked at United.


#1 He has been given more freedom to attack

Pogba celebrates after scoring a goal
Pogba celebrates after scoring a goal

Pogba used to play as a central midfielder with a lot of defensive duties under Mourinho. He used to stay back in his own half for a considerable period of time, as the attacking duties were given to the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Solskjaer has allowed Pogba to attack more freely by playing him as an attacking midfielder, and the results have been immediate. The likes of Matic and Herrera now take care of the defensive duties for United, and Pogba no longer has to worry about falling back and defending.

He now looks like the talisman for United, as he plays a vital role in almost every attack. He roams in the opposition half freely to assist the United forwards and also tries to score goals himself.

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As a result, Pogba has been among the goals for the last few matches and has taken his tally to 9 goals from 23 matches in all competitions this season. The World Cup winner is growing in stature with every match, and United finally seem to have found a proper replacement for the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

Their supporters have also been treated to a flurry of goals, and Pogba’s new role has played a vital part in that.

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