Premier League: Man Utd’s Paul Pogba outperformed in Premier League by Coutinho

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It has not been a great season for Paul Pogba, who was hauled off after 58 minutes towards West Brom on Sunday afternoon.

His wonderful efficiency within the derby towards Manchester Metropolis final weekend apart, he has frequently been dropped by Jose Mourinho and was even reportedly on the cusp of being bought in January.

However, even worse for the Manchester United midfielder, his stats this season have been unfavourably in comparison with a departed rival.

Pogba has solely scored 5 targets — two of these got here towards Metropolis — all season within the Premier League.

The France worldwide has additionally solely offered 25 key passes all marketing campaign for his team-mates, with a complete of 34 possibilities created.

That has all come over the course of 22 appearances, with a interval of his season between mid-September and early November disrupted by an harm.

Regardless of the harm, Pogba’s Premier League marketing campaign has not been as disrupted as Philippe Coutinho’s was. Whereas he was at Liverpool, he additionally failed to seem for the primary 4 matches of the marketing campaign on account of a again harm.

And the now Barcelona man left the English prime flight within the January switch window.

That meant he solely made a grand complete of 14 appearances earlier than leaving the Reds for the Nou Camp.

Even so, he’s nonetheless managing to outperform Pogba in quite a few key metrics over the Premier League season.

Whereas he was nonetheless at Anfield, Coutinho scored seven targets within the league — two greater than Pogba has managed.

He additionally performed 34 key passes — in comparison with Pogba’s 25 — and offered six assists, which is a complete of 40 possibilities created, nonetheless six greater than the United man’s document.

This kind of unfavourable comparability explains why Thierry Henry questioned Pogba following the West Brom defeat: ‘As quickly as the sport began, one thing was bizarre. The place Pogba was taking part in, the ambiance of the stadium, the crew, it’s so bizarre from what we noticed from that crew per week in the past.

‘The dedication, the will, and I mentioned, “Can Pogba do this on a regular basis the best way he performed towards Metropolis?” And the reply is nope.’

Mourinho additionally admitted his doubts over Pogba after the match: ‘Paul had a yellow card and had a scenario the place he could have had one other reserving. 

‘However he was difficult like all the remainder of the gamers, yet one more contact at all times.’

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