As Paul Pogba limped off the field today my first thought was “wow,this sucks for him after all the (unnecessary) criticism after the Chelsea game.” Actually, if I’m keeping it real, it was more like “Damn, now I have to watch Fellaini play for an entire half.” (Though to be fair to him he was pretty good today)
Back to my main point, Man U have made some deep runs in both Europe and the domestic cups and infuriatingly it feels like Mourinho has played Pogba for every second of those games. Whether it was against lesser opposition where he probably shouldn’t be playing at all or against tougher opposition but the game has been put away, Pogba has been in the middle of the pitch for pretty much all of it.
To settle if its really been that bad, I put together a list of minutes played for the Top 6 in England plus PSG, Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico.
ALL Data from whoscored.com
Notes: I only chose players who have played 2/3 of the total minutes in the league and their primary position had to be central midfield. (Saul is the exception as he is for some reason listed as a defender first) Also, for teams that play 3 in midfield all 3 mids are included (KDB,Silva,Fernandinho) but teams that play with a #10 only the 2 deeper midfielders would be included (which is why Ozil doesn’t show up). The list is sorted by Total Minutes played.
This Week: I am just completing the Leroy Sane post so it should be up later tonight or early tomorrow. I figured I would post this quickly as the game just ended and it didn’t take too long to look up. The Champions League post will be up tomorrow during the late afternoon or evening.