Manchester United staged a comeback in the second half to beat West Ham United in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Saturday night.
The result means the Red Devils have now recorded their ninth straight away win in the top flight as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s substitutions made an immediate impact, with Bruno Fernandes teeing up Paul Pogba’s powerful effort, before goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured the victory.
The Portuguese magnifico was magnificent, Greenwood and Rashford ran the defence ragged, but Pogba was the real standout as he certainly showed his quality from distance with a screamer to bring the score level.
The France international has oft been criticised for some lacklustre performances so far this season but once again sent Solskjaer a timely reminder of his obvious talents.
Per SofaScore, Pogba received a high rating of 7.6 out of ten for his impressive showing – second only to Fernandes – as he took 114 touches of the ball, which was more than any other player on the pitch, provided 85 out of 97 passes (88%), and completed eight long balls out of 12 attempts.
He clearly made all that possession count where it matters the most as he took two shots on target, and was titan-like, winning three out of five aerial duels and was also fouled twice, which shows that he was a real menace throughout the game, in particular in the second half.
The Daily Mirror gave the midfield dynamo a solid score of 6/10, claiming he scored a ‘great goal to get United back into the game and repaid Solskjaer’s faith to start him’ whilst The Manchester Evening News went one better, adding ‘he recovered to score classily in the second.’
Marcus Rashford was awarded the Sky Sports Man of the Match award, although Pogba arguably stole the show in the same week that Carlton Palmer tipped him to depart Old Trafford in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, as his teammate failed to attempt a single aerial duel.
The England international might have added the finishing touch, but it was the £72m-rated Pogba’s goal that inspired the initial comeback.
It’s fair to say that his future seems far from certain, but if this performance is anything to go by, Ed Woodward simply cannot afford to let one of their most prized assets leave the club any time soon.