Paul Pogba set new individual record in Man United's win vs Zorya

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Paul Pogba's Manchester United career finally seems to be clicking into gear after a difficult first few weeks.

Criticised for a lack of impact in his early appearances for the Red Devils, the world's most expensive signing scored his first goal of the season in United's 4-1 win over Leicester City at the weekend.

And, five days on, the Frenchman has now set a new standard for his midfield performances after last night's close-cut 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.

That's after Opta Statistics revealed that Pogba made a very impressive 107 completed passes during United's Thursday night Europa League fixture - a new high water mark in his Old Trafford career.

Even though United struggled to break down their Ukranian opponents last night, the stat shows that Pogba took another important step as he begins to find his stride in his second stint at the club.

Indeed, the 107 completed passes would have comfortably seen him rank inside the top 10 amongst his Premier League peers last season in terms of successful passes in a single game.

United fans frustrated at the 23-year-old's impact on games in the opening month or so were crying out for him to take the game by the scruff of its neck and start dictating play.

There aren't many better ways of doing that than getting your foot on the ball and spraying out pinpoint passes to teammates for a full 90 minutes.

As you can see from his individual highlights below, Pogba was certainly doing that against Zorya...

However, with United's only goal of the game coming via a miss hit shot from Wayne Rooney finding its way to Zlatan Ibrahimovic two yards out, there is still room for improvement for Pogba.

The successful passes now need to be joined by more driving runs with the ball at his feet, as we so often saw during his time with Juventus. And a few more goals like the one he scored versus Leicester would be nice too.

Nevertheless, the signs are certainly there that Pogba can become the dominant midfielder United hoped they were buying when they splashed out £89 million this summer.

The French star will have a good chance to go even better than 107 completed passes this weekend, too, as United welcome struggling Stoke City to Old Trafford.

After that, though, they face a stern test against Liverpool. If Pogba can control that game with his passing then he really will have started to live up to his billing.

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