Ever since his blazing start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, Paul Pogba’s been the centre of attention at Manchester United.
Indeed, such is the size of his personality, he’s now expected to score or deliver each and every game, something he’s not really been doing since the Norwegian’s reign was made permanent.
As a matter of fact, the Frenchman’s been unable to score or assist for the past five games in all competitions. In the Champions League – a competition he has failed to deliver in since helping take Juventus to the final in 2015 – his record is even worse. After scoring a brace and assisting against BSC Young Boys, Pogba’s been unable to contribute in his last six Champions League matches.
Having cost a world record fee at the time of his arrival in 2016, it’s not good enough.
While he’s still having his personal best season at Old Trafford, having scored 11 and assisted 9 in the league, Solskjaer needs him at his best as Barcelona await on Wednesday night. Pogba’s been flirting with rivals Real Madrid over recent weeks and needs to prove his world-class mettle against the very best.
The Frenchman has a daunting task ahead, with a daunting midfield of Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Arthur lying await to overpower him. Things will be even more difficult than the Paris Saint Germain game, as Pogba cannot let emotions get the better of him again.
He impressed during the final in Berlin against the Blaugrana four years ago and needs another big performance to save his dwindling reputation when it comes to the biggest club games in the world.
Being under pressure to perform, Pogba needs to deliver something special to inspire the Red Devils. The future might be uncertain, but he has to make the best of the present.
By utilizing his swagger in getting United playing incisive attacking football, the special Frenchman needs to keep his side’s Champions League dreams alive by outwitting Messi and co.
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