French star rediscovers lost form to become one of United’s best players in 2021.
Paul Pogba looks a man possessed this 2021. Injury-free, happy, and scoring goals, a sight almost unimaginable to the Manchester United fans, who’ve been crying out for the Frenchman to showcase at least a glimpse of that potential he’d shown in his time with Juventus in Italy.
Signed back from Juve in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million), Pogba’s homecoming to United can very well be described as disappointing. In his 124 appearances in the PL since rejoining the Red Devils, the midfielder has only managed to bag 28 goals and the same number of assists, measly and unflattering numbers by his high standards.
Pogba’s poor form in games coupled with him being sidelined by injuries from time to time had been a constant source of frustration to both his United managers in his second stint, ex-manager Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Add to that the constant speculation in the press, linking the star man to a host of clubs every year, it hasn’t been an easy ride for the player or the club.
The World Cup winner’s substandard performances at the beginning of the season and his comments in the media about Real Madrid saw him fall out of favor with Ole for a while, and with his contract expiring in 18 months, the general consensus was that his time at the club was up and that United should sell the Frenchman as soon as possible to avoid the player leaving on a free transfer.
But it seems like the whole situation has taken a U-turn since the beginning of the New Year. Pogba looks happier than ever before playing in a United shirt and is starting to look like the world-class midfielder that United had paid all that money for.
Enjoying a good run of games in the first team, Pogba has become almost undroppable for Ole after delivering some exceptional performances, bossing the midfield, and playing with his usual flair alongside Bruno Fernandes. His brilliant volley against fierce minnows Burnley and spectacular solo effort against Fulham have saved Manchester United at least 4 points in the last two games. The Frenchman has been thriving after being assigned a more advanced position in the United midfield.
Whether his recent performances are an attempt to showcase his talent and value to other clubs around Europe in the hope for one of them to swoop him up in the next transfer window or a resurgence in his inspiration and desire to fire United to a first title win since 2013, we will only come to know in due course.
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