Paul Pogba was the subject of criticism last season after many believed that he didn’t live up to his enormous price tag.

However one single statistic could tell us more about how the United team as a whole didn’t perform, rather than Pogba himself.

 

Last season Pogba had 41 chances created and only 4 assists.

 

41 chances created means that last season Pogba was the 7th most creative player in Europe, it’s also more chances created than Eden Hazard who won the title with Chelsea and was deemed to have had a great season playing further up the field than Pogba.

With only 4 assists to his name, the blame must be passed onto the United forwards, or alternatively Jose Mourinho who played Pogba in a deeper defensive midfield role last season.

The question is…what happens when Pogba is given licence to roam further up the field, perhaps behind the likes of Martial, Rashford and of course new signing Lukaku?

In this senario even if he only manages 44 chances created from the advanced position, it’s highly likely that Pogba will get at minimum 10 assists for his work and probabaly a few more goals.

If Pogba ends the season with something like 15 assists and 10 goals, then we may be talking about him in a different light by May.

 

How Matic Changes Everything

Last season Mourinho was somewhat forced to play Pogba as his defensive midfielder.

He felt as though Pogba’s size and passing range was exactly what was required in that position. However this prevented one of the world’s best attacking players from influencing events in attack.

After the acquisition of Matic from Chelsea, Mourinho now has the ability to place the efficient, title winning giant into defensive midfield and release the attacking qualities of Pogba.

This creates an exciting proposition for Mourinho and United fans, they may finally see what their £90m man can do when given the freedom to express himself.

 

Main Man

The best of Pogba hasn’t been seen yet. Last season he was restricted to defensive midfield, and at Juventus he was placed on the left hand side of midfield in order to fit in with the 3-5-1-1 formation played by the Italians to make the most of an ageing Pirlo.

This season will be the first time we’ve seen an unrestricted Paul Pogba. In a box-to-box central role it’s very hard to find someone more impressively equiped than Pogba.

At 6ft 3, possessing great speed, strength, shooting ability, passing range and stamina, Pogba it would seem has been created for the central midfield role.

 

Haven’t We Seen This Before?

This transition and coming of age reminds us of one Yaya Toure. A player who is similar in both stature and playing style to Pogba.

After playing in centre defence and in centre defensive midfield at Barcelona, Manchester City saw a need for the Ivorian in attacking midfield with David Silva, as Nigel De Jong performed the sacrificial Matic role.

This new found freedom allowed Toure to become one of the greatest players in the world and an all time premier league great winning titles along the way.

Will the arrival of Matic and consequently Pogba’s new role have a similar effect at United?

Paul Pogba was the subject of criticism last season after many believed that he didn't live up to his enormous price tag.

However one single statistic could tell us more about how the United team as a whole didn't perform, rather than Pogba himself.

 

Last season Pogba had 41 chances created and only 4 assists.

 

41 chances created means that last season Pogba was the 7th most creative player in Europe, it's also more chances created than Eden Hazard who won the title with Chelsea and was deemed to have had a great season playing further up the field than Pogba.

With only 4 assists to his name, the blame must be passed onto the United forwards, or alternatively Jose Mourinho who played Pogba in a deeper defensive midfield role last season.

The question is...what happens when Pogba is given licence to roam further up the field, perhaps behind the likes of Martial, Rashford and of course new signing Lukaku?

In this senario even if he only manages 44 chances created from the advanced position, it's highly likely that Pogba will get at minimum 10 assists for his work and probabaly a few more goals.

If Pogba ends the season with something like 15 assists and 10 goals, then we may be talking about him in a different light by May.

 

How Matic Changes Everything

Last season Mourinho was somewhat forced to play Pogba as his defensive midfielder.

He felt as though Pogba's size and passing range was exactly what was required in that position. However this prevented one of the world's best attacking players from influencing events in attack.

After the acquisition of Matic from Chelsea, Mourinho now has the ability to place the efficient, title winning giant into defensive midfield and release the attacking qualities of Pogba.

This creates an exciting proposition for Mourinho and United fans, they may finally see what their £90m man can do when given the freedom to express himself.

 

Main Man

The best of Pogba hasn't been seen yet. Last season he was restricted to defensive midfield, and at Juventus he was placed on the left hand side of midfield in order to fit in with the 3-5-1-1 formation played by the Italians to make the most of an ageing Pirlo.

This season will be the first time we've seen an unrestricted Paul Pogba. In a box-to-box central role it's very hard to find someone more impressively equiped than Pogba.

At 6ft 3, possessing great speed, strength, shooting ability, passing range and stamina, Pogba it would seem has been created for the central midfield role.

 

Haven't We Seen This Before?

This transition and coming of age reminds us of one Yaya Toure. A player who is similar in both stature and playing style to Pogba.

After playing in centre defence and in centre defensive midfield at Barcelona, Manchester City saw a need for the Ivorian in attacking midfield with David Silva, as Nigel De Jong performed the sacrificial Matic role.

This new found freedom allowed Toure to become one of the greatest players in the world and an all time premier league great winning titles along the way.

Will the arrival of Matic and consequently Pogba's new role have a similar effect at United?