Manchester United earned a crucial 2-0 Premier League victory over Everton on New Year’s Day to get back on track under Jose Mourinho, with Paul Pogba playing a starring role.
The France international midfielder returned from suspension against Bristol City, but the Red Devils faced the embarrassment of exiting the League Cup at the hands of their lower league opponents.
But Pogba bounced back at Goodison Park with an outstanding performance to help secure a vital win on the road, while he also recorded quite an incredible stat in the process.
Uninspiring top-flight stalemates against Leicester City and Burnley mounted pressure on Mourinho, while Pogba also came under plenty of criticism.
But the Frenchman was brilliant for the Red Devils as he donned the captain’s armband against Everton in the eventual 2-0 triumph.
He played an integral role in Anthony Martial’s impressive opener, before also having in the build-up to Jesse Lingard’s sublime second strike to secure all three points.
But after the win, Pogba’s influence on the game and on Manchester United as a whole was perfectly summed up in one incredible statistic.
It has now been 435 days since Pogba has been on the losing side in a league game, per Opta.
Such a stat will go a long way in silencing his constant doubters, with plenty of pundits and other sets of fans having laid into the midfielder’s influence at the club.
Mourinho’s men still sit well off the pace set by bitter rivals and close neighbours Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League table.
But it’s clear that key midfielder Pogba is gathering momentum and actually has a big say on Manchester United’s form and fortunes domestically.