This makes for depressing reading for the Man Utd faithful in the Football Transfer Tavern…
When Paul Pogba signed for Manchester United earlier this summer, the majority of the punters in the Football Transfer Tavern thought the Premier League would be a foregone conclusion.
In truth, many expected the French powerhouse to lead Jose Mourinho’s side to Premier League glory.
Likewise, Wayne Rooney was expected to come into some of his best form under Mourinho; a manager who has repeatedly praised the Englishman for his quality.
In reality, however, both players have struggled on the pitch so far this season – and have failed to cover themselves in glory from the perspective of those propping up the bar.
To make matters worse – the fact Pogba and Rooney haven’t performed well this season isn’t even the most shocking thing…
Perhaps more strikingly, in the absence of good form from each other – it is another, less renowned midfielder that has come to the front for the Red Devils.
Maurane Fellaini was expected by many in the Tavern to depart Old Trafford over the summer in search of pastures anew – but the ‘Special One’ gave him a show of faith by giving him an opportunity under his managership.
He has performed well thus far, and according to this tweet – the Belgian midfielder is outshining both Rooney AND Pogba this season…
Sorry state of affairs when Marouane Fellaini is your best performing midfielder. pic.twitter.com/9ULrglk7ot
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 19, 2016
According to the graphic, Fellaini is leading the pair on number of passes, number of accurate passes, forward passes AND duels – suggesting that the Belgian has had a far better start to the Premier League season.
To make matters worse, for stats like duels – Fellaini has more than Pogba and Rooney COMBINED.
Our landlord isn’t sure if this says more about Fellaini’s run of form or a distinct lack of form from the other two.
Last season the Belgian looked very average; but is he simply looking better this year because he has even less competition?
Do these stats make Fellaini look good or do they just make Rooney and Pogba look particularly bad?
It’s a tough one – but there is one thing that it does clarify. If Fellaini is the best midfielder in your squad – you definitely have a problem.
Man Utd fans – what is going on?!
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