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Manchester United: Paul Pogba’s stats are somewhat misleading amid exit ploy

Manchester United: Paul Pogba’s stats are somewhat misleading amid exit ploy

With the news emerging that Paul Pogba wants a different challenge, Squawka Football had a look at the stats from this past season and they revealed that the Frenchman was the Manchester United’s best player.

With the news emerging that Paul Pogba told reporters in Tokyo (via the Telegraph) that he wants a different challenge, Squawka Football had a look at the stats from this past season and, despite a difficult season, the Frenchman did emerge with some pretty impressive numbers. 

But do they tell the whole story? No, they do not.

Back in December, the Daily Record reported that Jose Mourinho labelled the former Juventus ace a ‘virus’ after a draw away at Southampton and there was even footage (per Sky Sports) to have emerged of the two men seemingly arguing on the training pitch prior to Mourinho’s sacking just before Christmas.

So, you might have been forgiven in thinking the World Cup winner endured a hard time of it but, looking at his raw numbers and records below, they did begin to paint a different picture.

All very impressive stuff, right? Well, he did do enough to be voted into the PFA Team of the Year by his peers but seven of his goals were from the penalty spot and the likes of Gary Neville and Roy Keane did criticise him even after Mourinho’s sacking. Pretty mixed stuff but he clearly did do a lot when compared to his teammates.

In fact, the majority of these goals came when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as temporary boss, only three were under Jose Mourinho and then only two after Solskjaer was made permanent Manchester United manager.

So, it’s hard to slate Pogba too much considering the fact he ranks highest in both goals and assists but it’s fair to say he had a mixed season and perhaps merely going off those statistics alone would be somewhat misleading. Yes, he’s chipped in when looking at the team more broadly, but there are off-field incidents that can’t be ignored.

United fans, is Pogba your best player? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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