Paul Pogba has discussed his role at Manchester United and joked about taking the bench after being told about the club’s record with and without him in camp.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have improved their record without signing the club’s record in the starting XI this season, averaging 2.2 points per game in his absence, a figure that drops to 1.9 points per game when Pogba is included from the start.
The France international was briefed on the statistic when speaking to Canal +, joking about the evidence means it should be used from the bench, before reiterating his determination to improve this unwanted record.
“So you have to put me on the bench then!” I had not seen this statistic, ”he said.
“If the team is doing better without me, I would totally understand that the coach would put me on the bench.
“It’s a good challenge for me anyway. Hope it turns on the other side. I hope people will earn more with me than without me.
Under Solskjaer, Pogba has often been deployed in a much deeper role than he had previously performed, although he has more recently been moved to a more itinerant position to the left of the midfielder.
The 28-year-old opened up about his expectations for himself and how he tries to be ‘decisive’ for the team, comparing his deeper role to that of his international teammate and midfielder. Chelsea ground, N’Golo Kante.
“I try to be as decisive as possible, even if I am further from the goal,” he said. “I have other qualities than being a match winner. I’m deeper on the pitch and more defensive. It’s a role of N’Golo Kante, let’s say.
“I feel good. Physically, I feel better.
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