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Why Paul Pogba should be dropped for the Manchester Derby

791   //    26 Oct 2016, 17:59 IST
Is it time for a break?

Every time a club breaks the word transfer record, the criticism always falls on the bearer of the weight of the price tag. Paul Pogba must be feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders right now after earning the title of most expensive player.

The Frenchman has come under a lot of criticism for his performances of lack thereof since donning the Red shirt once again. But the criticism hasn’t been for nothing. The midfielder hasn’t really shown the drive and power in his displays which were there for all to see at Juventus.

Pogba has played every single minute of every single game bar the one against Northampton in the season so far since he made his second debut against Southampton at Old Trafford. That particular match was arguably the only time he showed what he can do.

All his other performances have not lived up to the billing in the eyes of the public. It is understandable why Jose Mourinho has to play him in every single game. Pogba undoubtedly has match changing ability and if dropped now the Portuguese could face questions on justifying the 89 million United have paid for him.

His stats so far

Let’s put aside the price tag and take a look at his numbers so far. In his 11 appearances he’s managed only 3 goals and 1 assist. His 1 goal in the premier league has come from a shot count of 25.

He’s played the most minutes of any other midfielder, more shots than anyone in the team except Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has also averaged 6.85 miles per game which is again a club high for the season.

But here’s the kicker. Pogba has played in every position in United’s midfield and he’s been rotated positionally in almost every game. In the Premier League he played as an attacking midfielder once, a defensive midfielder twice and as a central midfielder 5 times.

It might be just a case of him finding the right position but having to re-adjust your tactical and positional awareness can take a toll on stamina as well. It has also only been a short while since the Euros ended and between that tournament and his return to United he hasn’t had much of a break.

There’s also the fact that he’s only 23! The physical toll is telling on his performances and a break could do him a world of good.

The limelight

Paul Pogba has now played against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City, three of the 6 teams that are expected to be competing for the title this year. But even when there are 22 players on the pitch the cameras are focused on one particular superstar.

Almost ever post-match analysis,reaction and talking point is about Pogba and the Frenchman can’t find a hiding spot. Now, if he’s dropped against Manchester City there will be people talking about it.

But for once, he won’t have to face the limelight directly because he won’t be involved. Considering it’s the league cup it would not be the end of the world dropping him to the bench. 

If things aren’t going Jose Mourinho's way, he can always bring him on.

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