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Paul Pogba's abysmal passing statistics for Man Utd

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Following his 35-yard screamer for France during a 1-0 win over the Netherlands last week, Paul Pogba stressed his desire to play in an attacking role for Manchester United.

"I try to adapt. I am a player who would rather go forward," he said. "The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.

"I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like [Andrea] Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team."


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Jose Mourinho duly took note of Pogba's words and granted his wish, deploying him in the No.10 role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Liverpool on Monday.

And he was poor - so, so poor.

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The Frenchman made very little impact throughout the 90 minutes at Anfield, losing possession on a number of occasions and most memorably being muscled off the ball by Jordan Henderson in the first half.

Simply put, Mourinho will have hoped for much more from his £89 million signing.

But perhaps such a performance was to be expected of Pogba, especially so considering the woeful passing statistics he has recorded so far this season.

According to data from Opta, per Goal, only six outfield players have misplaced more passes than the 23-year-old (80) in the Premier League: Danny Drinkwater (115), Damien Delaney (99), Christian Fuchs (96), Craig Dawson (89), Matthew Lowton (85) and Sam Vokes (80 from less attempts).

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Furthermore, Pogba ranks in a disappointing 116th in England's top-flight where passing accuracy is concerned (83%) for those who have made more than four appearances.

To reiterate, £89 million for a central midfielder with 83% accuracy and 80 misplaced passes already.

Ironically, Pogba recorded the very same for Juventus last season, but the difference this time around is that he isn't scoring or assisting either.

The France international scored and assisted eight and 12 goals respectively in Serie A last term; in seven Premier League apperances this campaign, he's found the back of the net just once and set up zero.

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Mourinho will inevitably be starting to worry about his summer signing, who he admits he expected more from during Monday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

He told Sky Sports: "Had it been 1-0, it would have been finished. Where Pogba was playing, I was expecting more penetration.

"Defensively we did really well, we should have had a little bit more. We had a big chance that I thought Zlatan was going to score."

What's certain is Pogba needs a solution to his poor form - and fast.

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