MARQUINHOS dominated Paul Pogba as Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Stats prove that the United
MARQUINHOS dominated Paul Pogba as Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Stats prove that the United skipper had his worst game since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba was dominated by PSG star Marquinhos before he was sent off late on Tuesday night[/caption]
It was the Brazilian, usually a centre-back, and his partner Marco Verratti who limited Pogba as the home side were outclassed by the French champions.
To make matters worse, Pogba was then sent off in the dying stages of the match, meaning he will miss the second-leg in Paris on March 6.
Stats show just how well Marquinhos did his job on Pogba – it was like he was playing under Jose Mourinho once more.
The World Cup winner completed just 31 passes overall and 11 passes in the final third, both stats are his joint-fewest in 12 matches under Solskjaer.
The Brazilian ‘kept Pogba in his pocket’ according to fans[/caption]
He had just 55 touches in the match, his fewest since former boss Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Pogba also managed just 75.61 per cent pass accuracy, his worst since the arrival of the new boss.
Pogba had just one shot and two dribbles as he failed to create chances for his misfiring team-mates.
French newspaper L’Equipe gave Pogba just 3/10 for his performance.
Marquinhos did a brilliant job on Pogba all night[/caption]
Writing on social media after the game, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said Marquinhos was man of the match.
He wrote: “MOTM Marquinhos! Great job defensively shadowing Pogba, & super cool in possession.”
A number of fans said that Pogba’s red card was the first time he got ‘out of Marquinhos’ pocket’, while others said he was ‘dominated’.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the whole midfield was “dominated”.
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He told BeIN Sports: “You cannot be dominated in midfield and the whole evening, Man Utd were dominated in midfield. “Paris Saint-Germain played with five midfielders and they never lost the ball.
“Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because PSG dominated in winning the ball back.
“They lost the battle there. When you play at home and you cannot keep the ball, you are always in trouble.
“That’s what happened today, United looked very poor in midfield compared to the class of Paris Saint-Germain.
“And basically it was a little advantage for PSG to play with five midfielders tonight and less offensive players.”