Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the media recently and he made remarks which might have undermined the achievements of one of his best performing players this season.
Speaking at his press conference before the game against Young Boys, the Norwegian tactician was asked about counting assists as part of player assessment and this is what he had to say:
“What does an assist consist of? A square pass to Bruno and Bruno hits the top corner... or when Paul plays a great pass through and Mason runs past? So I don't count assists at all its just social media”, he said in his interview. [Quotes via ESPN FC]
If you ask me, this statement by Solskjaer has succeeded in undermining the achievements of Paul Pogba this season. The French midfielder has been the chief creator for United this season with a total of 7 assists to his name already, and he did it in just 4 Premier League games. As a matter of fact, no other player has been able to match Pogba's creativity in the whole of Europe this term and he currently leads the race for the Playmaker of the season award in England's top flight, but somehow his manager does not see it as a big deal.
Solskjaer's comments will not do any good to confidence of Paul Pogba. The 28 year old has come under heavy criticism from Manchester United fans, former players and football pundits but he has constantly continued to improve his game. Now that he has started the season in red hot form, he will be disappointed to hear the comments of his coach about his early season achievements.
The Red Devils started their Champions League campaign on a wrong note with a humiliating defeat at the hands of a lowly Young Boys side. Cristiano Ronaldo's early goal was futile as Aaron Wan Bissaka got sent off for a rash tackle in the first half. The Swiss champions would take advantage of the opportunity with a comeback effort in the second half to claim all 3 points at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern.
United continued their terrible form in Europe as they have now lost 7 out of their 11 UEFA Champions League matches since Solskjaer took charge of the side. They face a tough task to qualify from group F with double fixtures against Villarreal and Atalanta still to come.
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