Replacement identified? Comparing Paul Pogba and Leon Goretzka’s stats

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It’s been a big summer at Manchester United, with £73million signing Jadon Sancho already through the door. But there could be more twists and turns to come in terms of incomings and outgoings. 

Paul Pogba is now into the final year of his contract and has reportedly rejected a renewal offer worth £50million. United will be desperate not to allow their record signing to leave for free next summer, which has prompted talk of an exit this summer, with PSG said to be waiting in the wings.

Elsewhere, Germany international Leon Goretzka is in the same situation at Bayern Munich and the Red Devils are said to be monitoring the situation closely with the likelihood of needing to plug a gap in their midfield.

Although he’s shown flashes of truly world-class quality, many argue that Pogba has been a disappointment during his time at Old Trafford, with four trophyless years following the League Cup and Europa League victories in his first season back. Goretzka is a different profile of midfielder but he might prove a better fit.

We’ve taken a look at the two players to see how they compare.

Records

Leon Goretzka

Age: 26
Market Value: £63million*
Honours Won: Bundesliga x 3, DFB Pokal x 2, German Super Cup x 2, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup

Record at Bayern Munich:

Games: 112
Starts: 83
Sub appearances: 29

Goals: 25
Assists: 27
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 297
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 297
Minutes per goal or assist: 143

Paul Pogba

Age: 28
Market Value: £54million*
Honours Won: Serie A x 4, Coppa Italia x 2, Italian Super Cup x 2, League Cup, Europa League, Community Shield, World Cup

Record at Manchester United:

Games: 206
Starts: 174
Sub appearances: 32

Goals: 38
Assists: 45
Penalties scored: 9

Minutes per goal: 419
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 549
Minutes per goal or assist: 191

*per Transfermarkt

 

2020-21 stats

(Bundesliga and Premier League Only)

Goals
Leon Goretzka – 5
Paul Pogba – 3

Assists
Leon Goretzka – 5
Paul Pogba – 3

Minutes per goal or assist
Leon Goretzka – 170.7
Paul Pogba – 316

Chances created per 90 minutes
Paul Pogba – 1.2
Leon Goretzka – 1

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READ: Comparing Man Utd’s record with and without Paul Pogba in 2020-21

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Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.1 (67.7%)
Leon Goretzka – 0.6 (66.6%)

Passing accuracy
Leon Goretzka – 87.7%
Paul Pogba – 83%

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Leon Goretzka – 2.0 (62.5%)
Paul Pogba – 1.7 (60.7%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Leon Goretzka – 2.3
Paul Pogba – 1.2


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