Paul Pogba form to improve at Old Trafford?
FootyOn look at whether Paul Pogba can overturn his previous poor form and become a success at Old Trafford, as well as outlining Man Utd Premier League odds.
The France international midfielder was made the world’s most expensive player last summer.
Although, since arriving back at his old stomping ground, the Frenchman has faced plenty of criticism.
Pogba’s performances have been a far-cry from those that helped Juventus reign supreme in Italy for several seasons during his spell in Turin.
There have been glimpses of class from the Frenchman, though, while Jose Mourinho continues to back his man.
So, can this Paul Pogba form be turned around in the coming months?
Pogba misses out on France duties
A recent hamstring injury has ruled Pogba out of international duty for France.
His absence has seen many young Monaco prospects earn call-ups after promising displays this term, though.
Didier Deschamps may be without the world’s most expensive player, but they are 5/4 with Sky Bet to score two or more in the first-half of their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
Before arriving back at Man Utd, Pogba was part of the French set-up which reached the Euro 2016 final on home territory.
Les Bleus were toppled narrowly by Cristiano Ronaldo and co, though, as Portugal rallied to their maiden major international honour.
Having featured for the majority of the summer after winning a fourth straight Serie A crown with Juventus, fatigue could have crept in.
Such a busy campaign followed by a summer of international action could be playing a factor in Pogba’s somewhat lacklustre performances in red.
Man Utd Premier League odds promising
Despite not having much of a summer away from the pitch, Pogba has played over 40 games under Mourinho this season.
The Frenchman has become a key figure for the Portuguese tactician as they rallied to a League Cup success and continue to hunt down a top four place and Europa League supremacy.
They are a best-priced 3/2 with Sky Bet to finish in a Champions League position domestically.
Mourinho has recently claimed he would rather return to Europe’s elite club competition via winning the Europa League, though.
The former Chelsea boss is 11/8 with Sky Bet to steer the Red Devils to their first ever win in the competition.
Pogba will no doubt be an integral part of the side if they are to do so, starting with a quarter-final tie against Belgian challengers Anderlecht.
Price tag weighing world’s dearest down?
There have been many cases of mammoth price-tags weighing on the shoulders of even the most confident of football stars in recent seasons.
With each passing performance being judged by the £100m Man Utd paid for him, Pogba has perhaps become the latest victim of this scenario.
Although, his showings have been improving and his impact has been gradually rising.
It’s the big games that the French midfielder has gone missing.
The FA Cup defeat to Chelsea stands out, while the domestic draw with Liverpool and EFL Cup final weren’t his finest showings.
If it is the burden of that enormous transfer fee hanging over his head, the summer may bring with it some comfort for the Frenchman.
Mourinho will likely look to acquire much new firepower, with Antoine Griezmann being heavily linked, and such high-profile captures could ultimately help bring out the best in a so far underwhelming Pogba.
Stats give hope to form overturn
A quick glance through Pogba’s stats for the season so far don’t immediately showcase a huge decline in form, though.
Up to matchweek 29, the 24-year-old scored nine times, created five assists and been cautioned on nine occasions.
Narrowing it down to the Premier League and he has struck four goals and made three assists across 25 outings ahead of matchweek 30.
Compared to his final season in Italy, there hasn’t been any evidently major decline. In 49 club games he managed to net 10 goals.
Although, he did rack up a more impressive 16 assists for the Old Lady on all fronts.
His return to Old Trafford was met with ecstasy among supporters but a lack of world class outings has dampened such joy at this stage of season.
Though, after a free summer and pre-season duties under his belt, Pogba could finally gel into the Man Utd ranks and become a returning success in what Mourinho will hope can be a more domestically prosperous second campaign.