Following Manchester United’s comprehensive 3-1 victory over Sunderland, Jose Mourinho made quite the claim about Paul Pogba.
Discussing the Frenchman’s credentials to challenge for the Ballon d’Or, he said, as quoted by The People’s Person.
“If the perception changes, Paul can win it because Paul is not a goal-scorer, Paul is a midfielder that will score more and more goals. Because I think he has conditions to score goals. But Paul is a midfield player. In my opinion, the best. The best midfield player in the world.”
The former Juve man’s performances in recent weeks have unquestionably been world class and it’s no surprise that an upturn in United’s performances has arrived with his run of form.
But what do the stats say? Up against the best in the league, the £89 million man certainly stands out.
When lined up against the most revered in Europe, his numbers are dwindled by the Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Bayern Munchen’s Thiago Alcantara.
However, with the competitiveness of the Premier League trumping the relative ease for Madrid and Bayern and the quality of players the above have around them unquestionably playing a part, Pogba’s stats are mightily impressive.
At the very least, he has to be in the conversation when deciding the best midfielder in the world.
Stats courtesy of Squawka