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Pogba Is Europe's Most Influential Player Since Mourinho Sacking

Paul Pogba was frozen out for Jose Mourinho's final two games at Manchester United, but the midfielder is the most influential player in Europe since the Portuguese coach was sacked – and has been involved in even more goals than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The 26-year-old found himself on the bench in Mourinho's final two league games for United, against Fulham and Liverpool. However, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put his faith in the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, who has since been involved in 11 goals for United.

Pogba scored six himself and assisted another five strikes – more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues since Mourinho was sacked.

United have won seven of their eight league games under Solskjaer, and drew the other. Pogba's goal involvements have earned them 11 points over this run.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-min Son follows with 10 goal involvements over the same period. The South Korean scored seven times himself, while setting up another three goals for his teammates, despite missing one league game due to his involvement at the Asian Cup.

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Messi is one of three players who have contributed to nine league goals since 18 December, scoring seven and setting up two further strikes. His longstanding rival Ronaldo has found the back of the net six times and assisted one goal in the same period.

Why do you think Pogba failed to perform at this level under Mourinho? Have your say in the comments section below.


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