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Paul Pogba – Can he be Unlocked ?

Tim Notke once said – ” Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.” When a player makes a world record transfer he is always going to be under the spotlight. The move of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016 was considered to be the first step towards the revival of an underperforming United team. But 5 seasons in it has not really gone to plan.

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Pogba’s ability and talent have never been under question. However, his lack of consistency year after year has raised several question marks among fans, pundits, and the media. Towards the end of the Mourinho era at United, Pogba’s feud with the manager became a very public affair. It seemed almost certain that Pogba would leave but the sacking of Mourinho and appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to pacify the Frenchman who agreed to continue his career at United.

On his day Pogba is a world-beater. He can boss any midfield and pick passes others wouldn’t even see. But he lacks consistency. His highs are very high and his lows are very low. He can single-handedly win you a match. But he can also single-handedly lose you a match. Mourinho and Ole have both tried their hardest to unlock Pogba’s true potential. However, both have failed to a large extent.

Having been scapegoated in the past, Pogba’s attitude isn’t really questionable. He is a hard-working and talented young boy with a lot of positivity and dedication. Every season Pogab goes on a run of form where everyone thinks this is finally it. He has finally unlocked himself. But the dip comes inevitably and once more he’s become the symbol of everything that is wrong with the club.

The 18/19 season was Pogba’s best season of his career statistically with 16 goals and 11 assists. However, his injury record and repeated fallouts with Mourinho dampened the glory of the season. Big things were expected of him in the 19/20 season after a strong finish to the previous campaign. After a brilliant start, he got injured only two games in and was sidelined for months. He was rushed back from injury towards the end of 2019. This poor decision backfired and he faced another lengthy spell out injured.

When Pogba finally returned in the post lockdown restart period he linked up fantastically with new signing Bruno Fernandes at first. But inevitably the dip in form arrived once more. This season Pogba has had mediocre performances week after week. Occasionally he delivers a world-class performance but it’s always inconsistent and far apart.

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This is Pogba’s do or die season at United. There are no more excuses. He has to justify the incredible price tag that United paid for him. He has the ability and mentality. All he needs is to look inside and find that desire and consistency that made him the world’s most valuable young midfielder at Juventus.

 

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