By Arron Evans

Watford 3-1 Manchester United. Not many people would have expected that scoreline during the match at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

But the story is once again turned to world-record signing Paul Pogba, who failed to make an impact in yet another match and as he heads into his fifth appearance in this Premier League campaign.

It is only natural that the fans may begin to question the club’s decision to bring him back to Old Trafford.

The match-up was one that highlighted two French midfielders who currently seem to be worlds apart from one another in terms of performance.

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue shone for the victors, as he has done consistently this season, scoring his fourth goal in five games, whilst Pogba failed to impress once more, cutting out a rather frustrated figure all afternoon.

His record of zero assists and zero goals for his club so far highlights the issue.

The 23-year old is playing under so much pressure at the moment, with the hefty price tag hanging over his head, that he doesn’t look comfortable at all on the ball and that evidently can’t be doing him any favours.

It’s incredible when you analyse those stats and realise that Pogba was a world-record signing when he joined United from Juventus for £89.3 million this summer, whilst Capoue was bought for just £6.3 million back in July 2015.

Of course, there is no doubting Pogba’s class as on his day he is most certainly one of the best central midfielders in the world.

The Frenchman possesses incredible control and the ability to strike a ball so sweetly, which is why United risked a huge disappointment and broke the world record to sign him.

Arguably though, even at Euro 2016 this summer, before United attempted to buy him, he was outshone by the likes of N’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko in France’s matches so it is a little surprising that United manager Jose Mourinho was willing to spend so much money.

It is apparent that if Pogba is to perform to the best of his abilities at United, something has to change within the way they play and most importantly, he has to be allowed to the freedom to play.

He has the potential to have the same effect at Old Trafford as Yaya Toure did at the Etihad Stadium with rivals Manchester City, as he is box-to-box midfielder who is strong and physical, but can also score a goal or two – a rare quality in the present game.

Mourinho will have to decide whether to discipline Pogba and turn him into a true central midfielder or build the team around him and focus on his versatility.

The Watford match displayed diminutive glimpses of what the Frenchman is capable of, as he struck the crossbar with a sublime effort on goal, but he’ll be hoping to find the back of the net in United’s next few matches to silence the critics.

In my opinion, he will come good in the end and there’s no doubt that he will prove exactly why he’s worth so much money – give him time and he’ll be one of the best in the Premier League.


  1. Fee paid for Pogba was insane, he may have been prolific for Juventus but he is still a raw product, and the amount of sum he gets at this age, carried him away from his game. Mourinho has also struggled to find his right position to play freely as he used to play at Juventus and for France national team.


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