Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba put in an excellent performance over the weekend as France secured their maiden UEFA Nations League title.
Les Blues saw off Spain 2-1 in an entertaining final after well-taken goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe cancelled out Mikel Oyarzabal’s opener.
The two goalscorers understandably took the majority of the acclaim after the final whistle, but Pogba’s influence over proceedings was arguably overlooked amid the celebrations as Didier Deschamps’ charges secured another piece of silverware.
Just after the hour mark, the 6 foot 2 gem went on a typical surging run, slaloming his way through two challenges before picking out a Mbappe, with the move eventually ending up with Theo Hernandez hitting the crossbar.
It was a sign of things to come for the engine room operator as Pogba then played his part in Benzema’s emphatic equaliser just minutes later, linking the play from midfield to attack as he does so well at club level.
Although he didn’t record a goal or an assist, the Red Devils gem was instrumental in France’s victory, and his control over proceedings from the centre of the pitch was pivotal to his side’s success.
Pogba’s impressive display saw him awarded a match rating of 7.9 out of 10, the highest total for any player on the pitch, as per SofaScore.
And it’s easy to understand why when taking a closer look at his underlying numbers. Pogba completed all six of his attempted dribbles, won a whopping 13 duels and made one key pass throughout the 90 minutes.
The 28-year-old also made a telling contribution defensively too, making three tackles, two clearances and one interception for his national team.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping Pogba can maintain this sort of form when the Old Trafford outfit take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, inspiring them to a much-needed three points.