Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well be delighted by the form of Cristiano Ronaldo following his return to Old Trafford – but Paul Pogba might have been impacted negatively.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo has scored against each of Newcastle, Young Boys, West Ham and Villarreal since his return to the club – with Pogba failing to score in eight outings so far.
Although the France international did manage seven assists across the first three games of the Premier League season, including two on Ronaldo's second debut, he has now gone four starts without a goal involvement.
Despite that, it has not been through lack of trying, with Pogba failing to find the net from any of his 15 attempts in the league, which is currently the most without success.
Those figures could be down to a lack of confidence in front of goal, with Italian media suggesting that he is no longer one of Solskjaer's most important players following Ronaldo's return.
Journalist Paolo Condo has said that Pogba no longer feels like a 'great' star at Old Trafford, adding that he has 'realised' he is no longer the centre of attention.
He said: "After the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pogba no longer feels like the great Manchester United star. He is no longer the center of attention. And in the last few matches Pogba's performance has dropped a lot."
However, Pogba has already beaten his assist tally from last season thanks to his early performances, and only scored seven goals across the last two campaigns following 16 during 2018/19.
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Earlier this week, Michael Owen gave his thoughts on the midfielder, and mentioned something that Solskjaer has done that is similar to his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"This has been a problem for many, many years trying to get the best out of players like Paul Pogba," Owen told BT Sport.
"I actually think that Ole knows his best team in certain games and I think he’s got two different teams for different scenarios and he’s not the only manager to do that.
"Sir Alex Ferguson done the exact same, a tough European game all of a sudden Park Ji-Sung would play, Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney would be pushed out on the left so it depends who they play against.
"If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has less respect for the team he’s playing against I think Paul Pogba plays central with one sitting midfielder and he’s braver.
"As soon as they play someone really difficult, they play a McTominay, Fred or someone of alike, and he gets pushed out to the left so I think that is consistent you know when he’s respecting a team or not because that’s exactly what happens every time."
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