Jose Mourinho has turned Manchester United into a team that supporters can be proud of again. The Red Devils are on a lengthy unbeaten run in all competitions and have one eight out of their last nine Premier League games.
United visit Stoke on Saturday afternoon and must be confident of picking up another result and potentially leapfrogging Manchester City to move into 5th position.
That’d be significant progress given that United were thought to be cut adrift of their city rivals just over a month ago. Things are looking good for United to launch an assault on the much coveted Champions League positions.
Crucial to their recent form has been their record-breaking French international midfielder Paul Pogba. The 23-year old has looked worth every penny of the world record fee that brought him to Old Trafford last summer.
As this stat from Squawka shows, he’s better than anyone in penetrating opposition defences this season. No-one else has completed more through balls.
Most successful through balls in the Premier League this season:
Paul Pogba (9)
Kevin De Bruyne (8)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7)
David Silva (6) pic.twitter.com/l3jR6wXcfF
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 20, 2017
It’s that kind of dynamic forward passing that has allowed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score so many goals this season. With four assists and six goals himself, he’s no slouch in front of goal.
That partnership with Ibrahimovic is something United fans will hope to see flourish further when they make Saturday’s trip to Stoke.