6. Paul Pogba – Season Review.

Key Stats
: Paul Pogba
DOB: March 15,1993.
Signed: August 9,2016.
Appearances: 164
Appearances this season: 22
Goals: 1
Assists: 4
Contracted till: June 30, 2021.

2019/20 has been a one-off season for the World Cup winner. Since 2016, when he re-signed for his boyhood club, Paul has more or less been a consistent figure in the team’s starting XI. Manchester United kick-started the season in fine form with a 4-0 rout of Chelsea at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba playing a crucial role in the centre of the red’s midfield as the Frenchmen registered two assists on the opening week of the Premier league. It was his sweet pass that debutant Daniel James struck home for a passionate celebration which followed soon after. The incredible start to the season soon got reduced to a false dawn, which Man Utd fans have come to be familiar with in the recent tumultuous seasons, as Man Utd succumbed to no wins in 3 games – Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton – The Eagles game being a real downer with the late Patrick Van Aanholt shocker to clinch the 3 points from the ‘falling’ reds. For all the talks of building a team around Paul Pogba, fate thought otherwise. He suffered an ankle injury, which was later confirmed by the club to rule him out indefinitely for a long time. Without the star player, the team looked meek on the pitch failing to meet the fans expectations often enough. 
The December match just before Christmas, against Watford saw him return to the first team action, only to worsen his ankle injury after playing just one more match against Newcastle on Boxing day. In the following days, the club announced that an ankle surgery was required effectively ruling him out for the season, but for the Coronavirus pandemic to postpone football indefinitely. 
He made his return against Spurs to be paired for the first time with Bruno Fernandes, the clubs new talismanic January signing. In fact, the long awaited, mouth-watering partnership delivered. Paul played in every single match in all competitions since coming back from the tough setback he suffered. In fact, he started in all the remaining Premier league fixtures after the draw at Tottenham Stadium, serving to be the backbone of the team along with Nemanja Matic as the holding midfielder. His partnership with Bruno was highlighted in the Frenchman’s only goal of the season, a sweet finish to the bottom corner of the net against Aston Villa, from a Bruno corner, which looked pre-planned and practised. Well, ‘good players can always play together’. The front 6, including Paul had been instrumental in the late resurgence of the team and securing UCL football, finishing above Chelsea and the Foxes. 

Season Rating – 6.5 

For next Season – KEEP. 

Is this even a question? 
It would be mad to even think of selling Paul! In fact, extending Paul’s contract and holding him down at the club is as important as signing Jadon Sancho. Imagine trying to replace Paul Pogba with a new midfielder! Thankfully, he looks pretty happy at the club under Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the club looks more than happy to give him a new bumper contract. His super-agent, Mino Raiola recently confirmed Paul wants to stay at the club as he is part of an ongoing ‘project’ at the club. Credits to OGS for turning the tiring saga around and we certainly know who the real ‘virus’ was!

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