Paul Pogba returned to action after he was out with injury for the last three months. The Manchester United midfielder suffered an injury in November and hadn’t featured in the English Premier League after he received a red card against Liverpool. Pogba was a huge miss for the Red Devils as he has been their top assist provider this season. However, his return is a huge boost to Ralf Rangnick as the player offers a lot of creativity from the middle.
Paul Pogba has made 11 league appearances this season. He provided seven assists and scored a goal against Burnley on his return from injury. When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar, the better the performance — you can see the league average in the middle, and the % is the percentile rank the player is in. Pogba leads the chart for the most assists per 90 minutes and has the highest percentile rank in the Premier League. The Frenchman averages around 54 passes per 90 with an 83% pass accuracy rate. Pogba is also ranked highly for attempting forward passes, long passes, and through passes.
Paul Pogba features in midfield for the Red Devils. The above pass start location map shows that he has created threats from the middle of the field. From the xT timeline, we can observe that Pogba has created threats in every phase of the game and has created more threats in the second half as compared to the first. His passes include 13 crosses, 61 long passes, seven smart passes, and 19 through passes. The midfield player has attempted 60 passes each towards Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes and the passes towards Cristiano Ronaldo have created the highest threat rate.
Paul Pogba is not only effective with his passing, but the midfielder also possesses an attacking threat. The Frenchman has attempted 23 shots, and four have been on target. He scored his only goal of the season against Burnley. The overall xG of the players this season is 1.92. From the above shot map, we can observe that Pogba has attempted nine shots from outside the opposition’s penalty box. He has scored a few long-range goals in the past and is a dangerous threat from distance.
Since his return, Pogba has attempted three shots and scored one goal. The midfielder has attempted ten dribbles and has taken six touches inside the opposition’s penalty box. Pogba’s recovery rate is also high as he has managed to make 17 recoveries, five of them inside the opposition’s half. His return has lifted the spirits of the team, and the player adds great value to the team. He will be one of their main players who can help their side achieve a top-four finish.