Manchester United’s Premier League record with and without Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future remains unclear amid reports of interest from Barcelona and a fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho.

According to The Guardian, United have rejected a bid of €50million plus Yerry Mina and André Gomes from Barcelona, but The Times report the 25-year-old is unhappy with Mourinho’s due to the manager’s assessment of his World Cup with France.

We’ve looked back at United’s 2017-18 Premier League record with and without Pogba to see just how important he is to the club.

Points per game

Pogba started 25 Premier League games in 2017-18, with United winning 16 of those, drawing five and losing four times.

When Pogba was in Mourinho’s starting XI, the Red Devils averaged 2.12 points per game, an almost identical record to when he was either injured, suspended or on the bench.

Of those remaining 13 matches, United won nine times, drew once and lost three – at Huddersfield, Chelsea and against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

United’s record without Pogba starting is ever so slightly better, picking up 2.15 points per game.

Quality of opposition

To put these figures into context, the standard of opposition should be taken into consideration, but there is little difference.

At the time of the fixtures being played, United’s opponents were on average 10.6th when Pogba was in the team.

When Pogba was missing, that figure rose marginally to 10.5th.

Goals scored/conceded

The stats do suggest, however, that Mourinho’s men are more of an attacking threat with Pogba in the side, scoring 48 goals in his 25 starts – 1.92 per game.

This record fell to 1.54 per game without the France international thanks to 20 goals in 13 fixtures.

However, Pogba’s defensive awareness is often criticised, and United do leak more goals when he starts in midfield.

United conceded 20 goals in his 25 starts, an average of 0.8 per game.

When he was absent, that record fell to 0.54 per game – seven goals in 13 fixtures.

That means that while United conceded 0.26 more goals per game with Pogba in the side, they made up for that by scoring 0.38 goals more.

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