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Pogba influence surpasses Messi

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has become the most influential player across Europe since the appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pogba, 25, returned to United in August 2016 for a then world-record £89.3 million (R1.55bn) deal from Juventus but was often made the scapegoat for the club’s struggles during the tumultuous tenure of former manager Jose Mourinho.

The France international looked a shadow of the player that convinced United to lure him back to Serie A under the rigid tactical system of the Portuguese coach.

And his brother, Florentin, recently admitted he was considering leaving the club for a second time if Mourinho remained in charge at Old Trafford.

However, since Mourinho’s sacking in December, which led to the surprise appointment of Solskjaer, no player has contributed more goals or assists in Europe’s top five leagues.

Since the Norwegian’s first game in charge in the Premier League on December 22, Pogba has directly been involved in 11 goals for the Red Devils.

Most league goal contributions since 22 December:

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