Paul Pogba has discussed his role at Manchester United and has joked about benching himself after being informed of the club’s record with and without him in the side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have an improved record without the club-record signing in the starting XI this season, averaging 2.2 points per game in his absence, a figure that drops to 1.9 points per game when Pogba is included from the start.
The France international was informed of the statistic when speaking to Canal+, joking the evidence means he should be used from the bench, before reiterating his determination to improve that unwanted record.
“So you have to put me on the bench then! I had not seen this statistic,” he said.
“If the team does better without me, I would totally understand that the coach would put me on the bench.
“It’s a good challenge for me anyway. I hope it turns to the other side. I hope people will win more with me than without me.”
Under Solskjaer, Pogba has often been deployed in a much deeper role than he has previously operated, though has more recently been shifted into a more roaming position on the left of midfield.
The 28-year-old has opened up on his expectations for himself and how he tries to be ‘decisive’ for the side, likening his deeper role to that of international teammate and Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante.
“I try to be as decisive as possible, despite being further from the goal,” he said. “I have other qualities than those of being a match winner. I’m deeper on the pitch and more defensive. It’s a N’Golo Kante role, let’s say.
“I feel good. Physically I feel better.”