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Stats show Man Utd midfielder improving this season

Credit: Oulala

Paul Pogba may have struggled against Liverpool on Sunday, but the midfielder has actually improved since rejoining Man United from Juventus.

Pogba handled in the area to gift Liverpool a first-half lead shortly after scuffing a shot when through on goal.

But the stats above, courtesy of Oulala, suggest the French international is continuing to develop his game under Jose Mourinho.

Pogba has created more chances per game, produced a better pass completion rate and pulled off more successful passes per game at United than he did with Juventus last season.

Pogba's take-on success rate, aerial duels won, clearances and interceptions have also improved this season, although the latter three statistics are probably due to the Premier League being more competitive than Serie A.

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Spurs beaten by Juventus in Melbourne

Tottenham were defeated 2-1 by Italian champions Juventus in their pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lamela was on target for the Premier League side. Credit: Reuters

Spurs, who travelled to Australia without Harry Kane and the remainder of their England contingent but gave starts to new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Dominic Ball was dispossessed in the sixth minute and the mistake was immediately punished when Paulo Dybala struck the opener.

Another error - this time a poorly-cleared corner - enabled Medhi Benatia to nod home the second shortly after.

It was now Juventus' turn to get caught in midfield and Erik Lamela reacted with a fine finish into the bottom-right corner.

Dani Alves seals Juventus deal after leaving Barcelona

Juventus have signed Dani Alves on a two-year contract after the Brazilian full-back decided to end his eight-year Barcelona career.

The 33-year-old, who passed his medical on Monday, had 12 months left on his contract in Spain but asked to leave earlier this month after winning his sixth La Liga title.

Alves was a regular for Barcelona since joining from Sevilla in 2008 and enjoyed a trophy-laden time at the Nou Camp, including the treble in 2014-15.

Juventus open Pogba sale talks with Real Madrid

Paul Pogba is one of the most coveted talents in world football Credit: PA

Juventus are in talks with Real Madrid over the possible sale of star midfielder Paul Pogba, the player's agent Mino Raiola has revealed.

"We are in the preliminary phase of negotiations. Pogba admires Real Madrid and [head coach] Zinedine Zidane and this is going to be very important in his decision.

"[He could cost] €120 million or €140m. He is worth whatever a club are willing to pay for him."

– Raiola to Marca
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