Man Utd news: Paul Pogba among most targeted Premier League players – who is No 1? | Football | Sport


The Premier League has always harboured a reputation for its bruising physicality, but some players feel the effects of that more than others.

There’s a fine line between combative and reckless defending as Manchester United star Paul Pogba is well aware.

The Frenchman has been fouled more than almost every other player in the top flight, with just two stars being hauled down more often.

It has been a rough season for Pogba due to his turbulent relationship with Jose Mourinho and inconsistent form.

Elsewhere, defenders appear to have realised the only way to stop Chelsea ace Eden Hazard from continuing his rampant form is to chop him down before he hits his stride.

Hazard has found the net seven times and recorded three assists, but is suffering an average of more than two fouls every game.

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane and Tottenham striker Harry Kane are also among the most victimised players.

Yet still, none of the above rank as the most fouled player in 2018/19 with the No 1 spot reserved for a winger who has been hacked down 26 times in eight games.

Take a look below to reveal which Premier League players have been fouled more than anyone else this season.

10. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 15

9. Felipe Anderson (West Ham) – 15

8. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – 15

7. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 16

6. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 17

5. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) – 17

4. Will Hughes (Watford) – 18

3. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 19

2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 21

1. James Maddison (Leicester) – 24

Which players will endure the most severe punishment from Premier League defenders by the end of the season?

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