How Man Utd’s PL record vs top six compares with and without Pogba

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Paul Pogba is once again the subject of scrutiny after casting doubt over his Manchester United future by admitting he may need “a new challenge somewhere else”.

Juventus and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Pogba, who has become a polarising figure since returning to Old Trafford for £89million in 2016.

We’ve taken a look at Manchester United’s Premier League record against the rest of the top six over the past three seasons when Pogba starts and compared it to how they have fared when the midfielder was left out of the team.

When Pogba starts

Games: 19
Wins: Seven
Draws: Six
Defeats: Six
Win rate: 36.8%
Goals scored per game: 1.05
Goals conceded per game: 1.25


READ: FM19 sims what would have happened if Man Utd had kept Jose & sold Pogba

When Pogba doesn’t start

Games: 11
Wins: Two
Draws: Three
Defeats: Six
Win rate: 18.2%
Goals scored per game: 0.82
Goals conceded per game: 1.45

United’s record against fellow members of the top six has hardly been anything to write home about since Pogba has returned to Old Trafford, but it must be noted they have fared much better when the France international has been named in the starting XI for such fixtures.

The Red Devils have a better win rate, score more goals and conceded fewer with Pogba in the team, while in both 2016-17 and 2018-19 they noticeably failed to win a single Premier League fixture against a top six outfit without the former Juve man starting.

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