Manchester United's record signing Paul Pogba claimed the club's Man of the Match award, as voted for by fans on Twitter, following the 3-0 win over Stoke City.
Pogba provided the assists for both of United's opening goals, taking his tally for the season to nine, a figure only matched in the Premier League by Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane of Manchester City.
However, it was the no.6's all-round contribution which made him stand out on a rainy night at Old Trafford, using his power and pace to dominate the middle of the park throughout the 90 minutes.
Pogba made 77 passes in the victory, with a completion rate of 90 per cent, as well as making 96 touches, the most by any United player on the night, illustrating his influence.
He also won seven of his 15 ground duels and gained possession on six occasions, showing the defensive side of his game was also strong.
“I played further forward so I had more freedom, to pass forward and find my team-mates,”he told Sky Sports.
“[I suit that role because] I can use more of my attributes to go forward to use my power, my shooting, or try to make an assist, so yes, playing up the field suits me more.”
“It's really good for me to make assists for my team-mates to score, but the most important thing is for the team to win,”he added.
“If I can do more by scoring more goals - that would be great - but the most important thing is getting results, and trying to catch [Manchester City].Like everybody else, we want to win the league. We know we are far away, but we have to try.
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“As a United fan and club reporter, I am admittedly biased, but I firmly believe much more attention should be paid to Pogba drawing level with Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne on nine Premier League assists, having made 10 fewer appearances due to injury and suspension. The Belgium international is a favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award this campaign and deserves the praise he is currently receiving, because he is annoyingly good, but it is almost laughable that Pogba is not mentioned in the same breath. Yes, Paul has colourful hairstyles, is active on social media and enjoys his life, but do not let that distract you from his performances on the pitch, which are getting better and better this season. Make no mistake, he is definitely the real deal.”
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Pogba's dominant performance against Stoke quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, where the Frenchman was widely praised by all manner of users...
Paul Pogba's stats v Stoke:— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 15, 2018
90.9% pass accuracy
8 duels won
6 balls gained
4 dribbles completed
4 key passes
2 tackles won
He was everywhere tonight 🙌 #BTSportScore pic.twitter.com/CDU8EXdHdX
Hopefully everyone will realise by the end of the season that Paul Pogba is the best player in the Premier League, if you hadn't already.— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) January 15, 2018
Comfortable victory. Pogba was outstanding and back to his best. All over the pitch with loads of creativity. Deserved a goal. Three excellent goals. Martial at his magical best looking an important player. #MUFC— Mickey T (@therealMickeyT) January 15, 2018
Paul Pogba’s making things happen at Manchester United 🔑 pic.twitter.com/o8GJTEcusT— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 15, 2018
Comfortable for United. Three good goals and a clean sheet. Paul Pogba was fantastic.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) January 15, 2018
Unbelievable Paul Pogba fact...3️⃣5️⃣➖0️⃣ pic.twitter.com/fU7LLr5Jaq— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 15, 2018