Paul Pogba at Manchester United, the story of a mixed comeback

Paul Pogba at Manchester United, the story of a mixed comeback

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On August 19, 2016, Paul Pogba made his comeback at Old Trafford. The then 23-year-old midfielder arrived with the status of the biggest transfer in history at the time (€105 million). The native of Lagny-sur-Marne is at the heart of a project mixing experienced players like Ibrahimovic and great hopes of the club like Rashford or McTominay.

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

During a 2016-2017 season where the matches are linked, the injuries accumulate in Manchester. Just like Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Smalling, Jones and Mata, Pogba joined the infirmary for the great disappointment of Mourinho. After a 90th-minute shot against Burnley, the Frenchman is injured and misses five Premier League games.

(T. Jastrzebowski / Sports Press)

(T. Jastrzebowski / Sports Press)

This end of the first season is still marked by two titles. A victory in the English League Cup and above all, in the Europa League. Thanks to a goal from Pogba in particular, the Red Devils win 2-0 against Ajax and the return of the great United hovers over Manchester. La Pioche doesn’t know it yet, but he won’t win any other trophies with the Mancunians until his departure.

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

The second injury of “La Pioche” occurs at the beginning of the following season. During a Champions League match against Basel, the vice-captain broke a muscle in his thigh and left in the 19th minute. He will miss two months of competition but will mark his return with a goal and an assist against Newcastle.

(AFP)

(AFP)

Beyond the injuries, Pogba’s return to Manchester is also an accumulation of avoidable mistakes. At the beginning of December 2017, he completely missed his intervention on Hector Bellerin and received a red card. A violent gesture which will earn him 3 suspension matches and a new Manchester derby missed, as in 2016-2017.

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

(S. Stacpoole/Sports Press)

If the Manchester derbies have rarely been to the advantage of the Red Devils in recent years, Pogba will still have left his mark on April 7, 2018. Led 2-0, the visitors won 3-2 thanks to a double of the French in 2 minutes (53rd, 55th) and a winning goal from Chris Smalling in the 69th.

(C. Wilson/Sports Press)

(C. Wilson/Sports Press)

This second adventure in Manchester reflects the relationship between the Frenchman and José Mourinho. Some highlights, but mostly failures. In September 2018, the Portuguese tactician removed the armband of vice-captain from Pogba, the point of no return seems to have been reached in the relationship between the two men.

(F. Peters/Sports Press)

(F. Peters/Sports Press)

After a 2019-2020 season where Pogba missed 22 Premier League games, the Frenchman is struggling to immediately find a starting place. Returning to the 61st, he failed to save his family from a defeat in Leipzig on the last day of the Champions League. A result synonymous with third place and a draft in the Europa League.

(AFP)

(AFP)

Last season, undoubtedly the most difficult on a collective level, Manchester had a series of poor performances. At Old Trafford, Liverpool crushed the locals (5-0) on the 9th day. Pogba came in in the 46th minute and came out 15 minutes later after being shown a red card for a heavy tackle on Keita. The Frenchman injured his hamstring a few days later and did not play again until the 24th day.

(AFP)

(AFP)

In the second leg against the Reds, the midfielder came off injured in the 10th minute and saw his team’s difficulties in holding the ball. Too fair afterwards, Paul Pogba played his last minutes in the colors of Manchester United on April 19, 2021. That day, the Mancunians are once again swept away by Liverpool (4-0).

published on July 11, 2022 at 11:56 am

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