The Flip Side of Paul Labile Pogba

Paul Pogba is a 25-year-old French footballer who plays for Manchester United as a midfielder. Pogba was a huge part of his team world cup triumph at the just concluded world cup in Russia. The ‘Dab’ king as many fans call him, is known for his playful and fun attitude on and off the field, series of hair styles before games. One of the very few footballers who is leaving life to the fullest and enjoying every minute of being a star, thou since he came back to England he has been criticized for his seriousness to games by ex-ManUtd players (Legends), journalists, pundits and his own fans sometimes.

Pogba has proven that he can do his job on field without his own personal antics getting in his way, but the expectation placed on him by certain sections of the media, some are unrealistic and even laughable sometimes. They expect him to do everything on the pitch but they forget that he is no Messi nor Ronaldo.  The expectations he has on his shoulders is because of the huge transfer fee United paid to secure his services. Paul proved his worth in Russia (Winning the world cup) and will be looking to improve himself for Manchester United as they try to win the league next season (Since Ferguson left, United are yet to win the EPL)


Paul began his playing career at age 6 for US Roissy-en-Brien where he spent seven seasons before moving to US Torcy. After a season he moved to a professional club, Le Harve. In 2009, Pogba joined the Manchester United youth academy in England. In 2011, Pogba was promoted to United first team squad by Alex Ferguson, he made his debut as a half time substitute against Leeds United in a cup game, he made his league debut against stoke city in 2012.

Later in 2012 Paul Pogba joined Juventus for free when his contract expired, it was a controversial move with Ferguson blasting Pogba saying ‘It is disappointing, I don’t think he showed us respect at all, to be honest, I am quite happy, if they carry on that way, they are probably better doing it away from us’. Paul first competitive match for Juventus was against Chievo in 2012 where he played the full 90 minutes. Paul Pogba stamped himself as one of the best young players with his sensational performances for Juventus. United were left to lick their wounds then for letting such a talent slip through their fingers for free.

In July 2015, Pogba was named in the ten men short-list for the 2015 UEFA Best player in Europe Award, he was also named in the 2015 FIFPro world XI after reaching the UCL final with Juventus but lost to Barcelona. Pogba made 178 appearances for Juventus scoring 34 goals, He won 4 Seria A titles back to back, 2 CoppaItalia and 2 Supercoppa Italiana.

Paul Pogba returned to his former team (Manchester United) in 2016 for the then record transfer fee of €105. Paul Pogba has had it difficult in England not producing his form consistently for United like he did for Juventus. Now the spotlight is much on him as he is the leader of the team. Paul has had an impressive United career so far but there is still a long way to go if he wants to be regarded as one of the greats of Man United. Paul has made 88 appearances for United scoring 15 goals, winning the Europa League and EFL cup with United.


Paul Pogba played for France U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 teams before making his debut for the senior team on March 22, 2013 against Georgia in a qualifiers match. Paul Pogba was a huge part of the 2016 France team that reached the finals in EURO 2016 but lost to Portugal. He was also part of the team that claimed the world cup trophy in Russia as he was one of France best players in the tournament. Paul scored 10 international goals in 60 appearances and he will be hoping to win more trophies in the near future.



Paul has been linked to a move away from United this summer with Barcelona looking to secure his services but it seems unlikely as the French midfielder wants to remain at United and succeed. Pogba is already a great player and will probably leave United soon if their trophy count does not increase.




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Am an avid football fan and a Barcelona fan at heart. I give my own opinion on various trending football topics.

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