Paul Pogba has started the new season in bright form with five assists in two games. And although winning trophies is the ultimate aim, Pogba has his own personal objective when it comes to being the Premier League’s assist top dog.
The French midfielder had a busy summer at Euro 2020 but has carried his form into the domestic season, despite uncertainty over his long-term future at the club.
On the opening day of the season, as United dismantled Leeds United to win 5-1, Pogba was the catalyst as he set up four of the goals with exquisite passing in and around the final third.
Pogba also assisted Mason Greenwood in the 1-1 draw away to Southampton last Sunday.
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He has more assists than any player in the Premier League already this season and he plans to score more, suggesting his next goal contribution is always the most important.
“Which assist means the most to me? The next one,” Pogba told ManUtd.com. “The next one, hopefully. It’s true that it’s been very nice to get those assists, but then you want to finish [as] the top assister of the league.
“You want to win something at the end, so all this will mean something with a trophy. It won’t mean anything without a trophy. I’m focused on that; I’m focused on giving my best on the pitch and hopefully I can get many more.”
It is amazing to think Pogba is already halfway towards his best-ever assists tally in a Premier League season, when he got 10 in 2017/18. United finished second but 19 points adrift of champions Man City.
The gap was 12 points last season and United will be hoping to push their rivals closer in a bid to clinch the Premier League title.
“Seven points out of nine, that’s what we want,” Pogba added. “We want this win this weekend, we know it’s going to be very important. It’s the push. The games at the start are very important and it’s going to push us as well through the season and we need the three points.
“You know it’s going to be a tough one. It’s always going to be a tough one but we focus on that to get the three points.”