Man Utd: Twitter thread on Paul Pogba's playmaking genius shows Premier League example

  • Kobe Tong

Paul Pogba is back in business for Manchester United.

Having missed great swathes of the winter period through injury, the French maestro has returned to United‘s midfield with exactly the type of form that sees him touted as one of the world’s most gifted players.

It’s no secret that Pogba hasn’t been able to produce the consistent world-class form that the Old Trafford faithful have been calling for since his return to the club, but there’s simply no denying his ability.

Pogba’s impact on Man Utd

As such, whenever Pogba is on song and playing his best football, the opposition should probably just wave a white flag from the first minute because the 28-year-old can be simply unstoppable.

And while Pogba’s most recent performances haven’t quite been at his world-beating best, you could just tell that his return to the fold under Ralf Rangnick gave such a boost to United’s creative engine.

Even when the Red Devils simply aren’t clicking in their offensive transitions, which has so often been the case in recent seasons, you can at least find solace in the fact that Pogba could always pull a rabbit out of the hat.

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The creative prowess of Pogba

Whether that’s a gorgeous first touch with hints of Zinedine Zidane about it or one of the greatest diagonal passes you’ve ever seen, Pogba always has it within him to produce something truly spectacular.

And the sheer intelligence of Pogba’s playmaking was there to be seen during United’s Premier League win over Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Not only did his quick-thinking lead to an assist for Bruno Fernandes, but Pogba’s ability to orchestrate the very nature of United’s build-up play during the game has been fantastically highlighted on Twitter.

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Twitter thread on Pogba’s playmaking

User @UtdArena has created a viral thread that uses an example from the Brighton match to show how the genius in Pogba’s playmaking is not just in his passing, but also in his ability to manipulate defences.

The fascinating analysis shows how Pogba helped to posture Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho in a way that discombobulated Brighton’s defensive set-up, ultimately leading to United breaking into space in the penalty area.

However, we couldn’t possibly describe the point and example as well as the person behind the Twitter thread itself, so be sure to bask in by Pogba’s brilliance by reading the full breakdown right here:

The Man Utd gave a fascinating breakdown on playmakers.
The Twitter thread gave a full analysis of Pogba’s genius.

It’s almost like he’s a World Cup winner or something…

The intelligence of Pogba’s play

The brilliant analysis really helps to highlight how just the subtlest pieces of communication and advice can help playmakers to influence the opposition’s defence in a way that helps them to create big chances.

Plus, the broader point that every good playmaker is a good passer, but not every good passer is a good playmaker is a fabulous way of articulating how much intelligence players need to have to reach Pogba’s level.

Of course, the United midfielder most certainly isn’t the only player pulling the strings at such an elite level in the men’s game, but there’s no escaping the fact that he’s up there with the very best.

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Sadly, it’s looking increasingly likely that the former Juventus man will be waving goodbye to Old Trafford in the summer and who knows, maybe that’s the best settlement for both parties.

However, inconsistent or not, you’d be barmy not to think that Pogba leaving United doesn’t blow a massive hole in their creative resources because the man offers playmaking gold if nothing else.

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