Jamie Redknapp has compared Paul Pogba to basketball player LeBron James in the wake of his two-goal performance against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Pogba’s double helped the Red Devils on their way to a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku adding the other two goals, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintains his 100% record as Manchester United caretaker manager, winning three out of three so far.
Why has Redknapp compared Pogba to LeBron James? Five key things to know…
- Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Man United, Pogba has been directly involved in seven Man United goals.
- That is more than any other Premier League player during that three-game period, scoring four and assisting three.
- Pogba scored another two goals in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
- The Frenchman’s second goal had Redknapp particularly impressed with his ‘pace and power’, comparing Pogba to basketball star LeBron James.
- James is one of the LA Lakers’ star players, winning NBA’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ award on four separate occasions.
And Pogba’s second goal, in particular, had Redknapp purring, with the former England midfielder comparing the Man United star to LeBron James with his ‘pace and power’.
Talking in the Sky Sports studio, Redknapp said: “The power, the pace and the height that he gets; it’s like Lebron James getting to the hoop, you can’t stop it.
“It’s unstoppable and it makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it more often because he’s such a physical presence in the box and brilliant in the air as well.”
Pogba backed up his two goals with an assist to boot, meaning the French World Cup winner has now been directly involved in seven goals since Solskjaer took up the Man United hot seat, more than any other Premier League player in that time.
Pogba has now been directly involved in seven goals since Solskjaer became Man Utd manager, more than any other PL player in that timeframe:
⚽️ 4 goals
🅰 3 assists
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 30, 2018
Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth leaves them just three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, while their 12 goals in the last three games mean the Red Devils have taken their goal difference to plus nine.
Solskjaer’s side travel to Newcastle United in their next game.
Man United fans go wild for Pogba
Pogba’s Man of the Match performance against Bournemouth didn’t just get the Sky pundits off their seats, with Red Devils fans taking to Twitter to express their delight at the former Juventus man.
The Lebron James of Football#MUFC
— Hakeem (@sohomomoh) December 30, 2018
How good was Pogba Today Tho.
— Robbie Maguire 🇮🇪 🇾🇪 (@MaguireRobbie) December 30, 2018
— menlovefootball⚽⚽ (@sriramgmu) December 30, 2018
@paulpogba is a beast, he’s always on the run been the beasty boy that we’ve always known of him.
— Itz Damsa (@Itzdamsa111) December 30, 2018
Pogba with ole after just 3 match
Worst virus ➡️ best player
— Karim B (@KB4000) December 30, 2018
Pogba ❤️. Brakes are off hand brake is off and he thrives same with martial rashford. Lindelof playing out from the back. 🔥
— giggs trafford 🔴 (@giggstrafford) December 30, 2018