Can’s fine performance vs. Man United really showed up Pogba

As #Pogba dominated the pre-match build-up ahead of Manchester United vs. Liverpool, it looked as if the stage was set for the Frenchman to really kick on to the next level in a red shirt and make a stamp on a massive game after an impressive run of form over the festive period.

Alas, the Frenchman was abysmal at Old Trafford, failing to get to grips with the game while also giving away the penalty-kick that James Milner so coolly dispatched.

And it gets worse for the midfielder when you look at the stats from one of his opposite numbers, Emre Can. The German basically mirrored Pogba’s tasks in the Man United side for his own team, with his box-to-box role vital in ensuring the ball moved from back to front at pace.

Unlike the world-record man, though, Can did his job expertly…

As the numbers show, the former Bayer Leverkusen ace was heavily involved across the 90 minutes with 56 touches of the ball and 32 passes. But, delve into things a little more and it becomes clear that he was even more impressive, with five key passes and four take-ons, as well as five tackles and three interceptions.

Conversely, Pogba created zero chances and weighed in with zero interceptions, while only completing half as many take-ons.

Maybe it should have been #Can…