Former Manchester United stars blast Paul Pogba saying he spends more time walking in the pitch than any other midfielders in the Premier League.
The Manchester United No 6 has come in for criticism recently from fans and pundits alike for what is perceived to be a lack of effort.
And one stat appears to give credence to those arguments that Pogba isn’t pulling his weight.
The Frenchman’s time spent walking on the pitch is 64 per cent, a measurement that puts him first out of 79 players.
United have lost five out of their last six matches and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a slump.
Pogba has often been looked at as the scapegoat and his form tailed off after a renaissance when Solskjaer took the interim managerial position.
Despite the negativity surrounding the 26-year-old, he made the PFA Team of the Year and there are some stats to weaken the argument that he is not putting in the hard yards.
Pogba is 16th out of 79 in terms of total distance covered by a midfielder and 34th out of 79 in sprints per game.
Former United midfielder Roy Keane is one of the more vocal critics of Pogba and said he is a ‘big problem’ for the club.
‘The guy is a talented boy, but we’re saying the same thing over and over again. The number of times we’ve seen him in games where he is not sprinting or running back,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘He’s talking about body language – but throws his hands up in the air. He’s a big problem for United.
‘Graeme (Souness) spoke earlier about needing good senior players at your football club. He’s a senior player, played in big competitions and won big trophies. I don’t think he leads by example, from what I see.’