Paul Pogba would be feeling the pressure more than most as Manchester United continue their poor run of form.
Having arrived at Old Trafford for a world-record £89 million fee last summer, the Frenchman is carrying an enormous amount of expectation in addition to the inherent weight of the famous red shirt.
Pogba has so far done little to justify his eye-watering price tag, though he is certainly showing signs of growing into his role at the club.
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But while the 23-year-old has offered a commanding presence in the United midfield throughout the past month or so, results have left a lot to be desired.
The Red Devils – currently sixth in the Premier League – registered their fifth draw of the campaign against West Ham on Saturday in yet another game they would have won but for a lack of clinical finishing.
Pogba is understandably frustrated with the current state of affairs, and has even suggested some kind of hoodoo may shoulder a portion of the blame.
As per FourFourTwo, Pogba told SFR Sport: “We’re going to start to think we're cursed.
"It doesn't matter which team comes here, we dominate them, be it Arsenal or West Ham.
"Our luck will change at one time or another, and it's then that we'll have to take it.
"I'm still confident because we create chances. It'll come. I'm confident in my team. We just have to pay attention to the small details.
"We conceded a daft goal [against West Ham], against Arsenal it was also the small details. I'm still confident, it'll come right. We are dropping silly points, but it'll come right.”
Pogba certainly is not off the mark when he says United have bullied teams without inflicting any damage on the scoreboard – but that could all change once they enjoy one good day in front of goal.
United will play West Ham at Old Trafford for the second time in three days when they meet in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
While the Hammers deserve a lot of credit for taking a point from their weekend clash, they will be aware of the danger presented by the Red Devils’ hunger to find some consistency in front of goal.