Paul Pogba topped Europe’s assist chart after last Monday’s splendid performance in the English Premier League game against Stoke City.
The France international footballer grabbed double assists, having set up Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial in the 9th and 38th minutes respectively to power Manchester United to victory. A football statistic which was released earlier this week highlights the youngster’s influence.
Image: Paul Pogba
United supporters went into frenzied celebrations and admiration for their mercuric midfielder who now has the best assists-to-games record of any player in the top five European leagues – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Jose Mourinho’s team won 3-0 against Stoke City in the match played at Old Trafford, and former Everton and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku also scored in the 72nd minute.
Although Nemanja Matic has been acclaimed the key to Pogba’s recent form, United legend Denis Irwin said in a chat with MUTV that he admires the former Juventus star for his maturity, perseverance and hard work.
“He [Pogba] was terrific against Stoke and I have to say he is helped by Nemanja Matic, because he just gets on with his job defensively and allows Paul to get on with his game,” Denis said.
“We won at a canter in the second half and, when push came to shove, we could have won by several more goals in the end.”
United are 2nd with 50 points on the league table, second to Manchester City which lost 4-3 to third-placed Liverpool.
In total, there are six players who have recorded nine assists so far. They include Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, plus Paris Saint-Germain’s world-record signing, Neymar Jr.
However, Paul was selected as the best because he has made fewer appearances due to his prolonged absence after suffering injuries and suspensions.
Here are the numbers…
PLAYERS WITH 9 ASSISTS IN EUROPE’S TOP FIVE LEAGUES:
Paul Pogba, Manchester United: 13 Premier League appearances
Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 14 Ligue 1 appearances
Philipp Max, FC Augsburg: 18 Bundesliga appearances
Pione Sisto, Celta Vigo: 19 La Liga appearances
Leroy Sane, Manchester City: 21 Premier League appearances
Florian Thauvin, Olympique de Marseille: 21 Ligue 1 appearances
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City: 23 Premier League appearances
Speaking about Pogba’s achievements, coach Jose Mourinho sad his player is reaping the benefits of a slight change in position which offers more freedom.
In his words, “He [Pogba] was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent. He had two assists and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him. He is happy with the way the team is playing and he’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”