Manchester United face their biggest test yet under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham in the Premier League this Sunday.
The Red Devils have looked like a completely rejuvenated side since the arrival of their ex-striker in the Old Trafford dugout with the bright performances of Paul Pogba epitomising how much things have changed.
Solskjaer will now be hoping that the Frenchman can carry his fine form into Manchester United’s huge clash against Tottenham.
As for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, Christian Eriksen is just one name supporters can expect to play a huge role when the north London outfit take to the Wembley pitch. Considering that, how do Pogba and Eriksen’s influence compare?
The biggest beneficiary of Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager after enduring a difficult relationship with the Portuguese coach, Pogba has really come to life in recent weeks.
The 25-year-old has been scoring goals, setting up team-mates and, overall, has been bossing the midfield.
Ultimately, everything good has been coming through Pogba who, on his day, might just be the most influential midfielder in the Premier League.
And while he certainly had his struggles under Mourinho, Manchester United still looked like a much worse outfit without him when going forward.
If Solskjaer and his men are to take all three points back to Old Trafford, then they will need a big performance from the former Juventus man.
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Whereas Pogba has struggled for consistency during his time in the Premier League, Eriksen has had no such problem since arriving from Ajax back in 2013.
His numbers make for good reading while he has improved as a footballer as a whole under the tutelage of Pochettino.
Compared to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Eriksen’s impact may not be as great as the two who are often the difference-makers for the Lilywhites.
But the Denmark international’s ability to strike the ball so well from distance and deliver pinpoint crosses still makes him a player the opposition cannot afford to give time and space.
At the £11.5m Daniel Levy paid for Eriksen, the 26-year-old will go down as one of the greatest bargains the Premier League has ever seen.
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Pogba and Eriksen are quite clearly two very gifted and exceptional footballers. But as far as individual displays go, the Tottenham playmaker is easily the one who has more to shout about.
That being said, Pogba’s influence is on a whole other scale, even if that does probably say more about this Manchester United team than the France international himself.
While Tottenham have enough elsewhere on the pitch to cope without Eriksen, the same cannot be said about the Red Devils, who constantly rely on Pogba to get the team on the front foot.
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