Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly make the headlines of anyone in world football with two goals on his return to Manchester United, but his team-mate Paul Pogba was in great shape again.
Pogba’s current contract at Old Trafford will expire next summer, with PSG, Real Madrid and former club Juventus all keen to secure his signature.
France’s World Cup winner has sparked much debate since returning to England in 2016, but this season he has silenced criticism.
The 28-year-old midfielder collected two more assists today against Newcastle, bringing his tally to seven in United’s opening four league games of the new campaign.
This is the most a player has recorded in the first four games of a Premier League season in the history of the competition, as he has now scored 10 goals in 2021, more than anyone in the division.
Pogba got his first assist of the day, finding Bruno Fernandes in space for a long-range strike that made it 3-1 for the hosts.
He then improved on his first effort, skillfully keeping possession around Newcastle’s area before passing the ball to Jesse Lingard on the turn, with the England curling international at home.
The Frenchman succeeded 125 hits during the match, the most in the field, with 92% passing accuracy and 23 assists in the final third.
Previously, Pogba had recorded FOUR assists in his side’s 5-1 win over Leeds, and he’s yet to let go.
The midfielder managed 75 minutes in the comfortable Day 1 victory and has since played every minute of action for United and France, continuously increasing in importance for both teams.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been asked about links to big-spenders at PSG as the summer transfer window wrapped up last month.
“Well, these are negotiations with representatives of Paul and the club,” Solskjaer said.
“For me and Paul, we work together every day here and we keep trying to improve, improve the team and have fun.”
If United fail to agree on a contract extension with Pogba in the coming months, they may have to force a sale during the January transfer window, or risk losing him for free next summer.
But, surely, Ronaldo’s presence and the prospect of continuing their new partnership could be enough to get him committed.
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