Paul Pogba joked that he would understand if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left him more regularly from his starting lineup as Manchester United boasted of a better win rate without the midfielder.
Pogba has been in good shape for United lately, scoring one and assisting four more in his last seven appearances in all competitions.
The France international has six goals to his name this season, including three in the Premier League and the same number of assists.
This puts Pogba on par with Luke Shaw in terms of direct involvement in United’s goals in all competitions this season and behind Mason Greenwood (seven), Anthony Martial (seven), Edinson Cavani (10), Marcus Rashford (18). ) and Bruno Fernandes (27).
However, despite Pogba’s clear influence on the side, statistics show United tend to fare better without the 28-year-old in their starting lineup.
The Red Devils have won nine of 15 games Pogba was not included from the first whistle in the top flight this quarter, against 10 wins in 18 games with him in the XI – 2.2 points per game against 1, 9 respectively.
United’s average of 2.3 goals per game without ex-Juventus in his starting lineup drops to 1.6 when he starts, meanwhile, and they concede fewer goals (0.7) when he does. ‘is not included from the start until it is (1,4).
– Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) April 29, 2021
When the win rate figure was brought to his attention in an interview with Canal +, Pogba – who has been linked with Juve and Real Madrid – said: “Well, you have to bench me! I did not know that.
“If the team is doing better without me, I would completely understand if the coach puts me on the bench and that’s completely normal.
“I’ll keep that one in my mind, I will.” It’s a good challenge for me.
Pogba’s numbers have improved in terms of average number of interceptions (from 0.52 to 1.27) and tackles (1.49 to 1.72) this season compared to last, due to the deeper position in which he was invited to play.
And the World Cup-winning midfielder is happy to play his part if it means others are helping United achieve their goals.
“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.