Paul Pogba has enjoyed a record-breaking start to the new campaign but his coach would rather draw attention to his overall performance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that he is not moved by how many assists Paul Pogba has delivered for Manchester United this season, stating that he already considers the midfielder “a great passer” regardless of his recent achievement.
The France international has enjoyed a record-breaking start to the new campaign, creating seven assists in his first four games, and is already a third of the way to the all-time Premier League season record of 20 held by Kevin De Bruyne and Thierry Henry.
Ahead of his side’s return to Champions League action for the first time this term on Tuesday, Solskjaer has played down the raw numbers, instead of wishing to draw more focus to the midfielder’s overall performances.
“Paul has come back in good shape,” the Norwegian told a pre-match press briefing ahead of his side’s trip to Young Boys. “He’s worked really hard over the summer. He’s come back lean and fit.
“What does an assist consist of? A square pass to Bruno [Fernandes] and he puts it in the top corner? Or a great ball for Mason [Greenwood]?
“Paul has always been a great passer and he’s not got assists from his best passes this season. I don’t pay attention to assists, it’s a social media thing. But Paul has played well for sure.”
Ever since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus under Jose Mourinho reign, Pogba has arguably failed to live up to expectations with many times being the subject of blame after a match from pundits.
Despite winning the 2018 World Cup with France during a five-year period back in the Premier League, media speculation has frequently positioned him for a swift exit to Real Madrid, led by agent Mino Raiola.
Yet his record-breaking start to the campaign suggests he has found his groove, even as his contract runs down and with the return of another former Red Devils star in Cristiano Ronaldo, he may have found a new reason to stay in the hunt for long-awaited silverware.
Having fallen short at the final hurdle in last year’s Europa League final, Pogba and United will hope to go a step further and claim success in the Champions League this season.
The Red Devils look set to face Young Boys this evening in their first Champions League match this season without Edinson Cavani who is currently nursing a small injury.