Paul Pogba was the star of the show for Manchester United after they came from behind to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
Despite falling behind to Fulham in the first half after Ademola Lookman opened the scoring, the Red Devils hit back with two goals either side of halftime to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.
Alphonse Areola made a costly mistake after he gifted his former Paris St-Germain teammate Edinson Cavani the equaliser, before Pogba broke Fulham’s hearts with a superb winner.
Pogba inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to victory and scored a sensational screamer to wrap up all three points for United who moved back up to first place in the league table with the win.
The Frenchman has now started each of United’s past five Premier League games in a row and was instrumental in the win, with Solskjaer’s side extending their unbeaten run to 17 games in the top flight this season so far.
Solskjaer was evidently delighted with his character and resilience as he helped his side fend off a spirited Fulham.
“I am very happy with his performances,” Solskjaer said.
“I know what he can do. He does everything. Now he is putting all the elements together in his performances and it is great to see.
“It was about getting him fit. He is enjoying his football, he is happy and physically in a good shape.”
The 27-year-old, who earns around £290,000-per-week at Old Trafford, has formed a formidable partnership with Bruno Fernandes, with the Portugal international lofting a teasing cross into the box, only for the ball to be spilled by goalkeeper Areola at the feet of Cavani, who tapped in the equaliser to level the score.
However, Cavani’s fourth away goal of the season was overshadowed by Pogba’s moment of magic, cutting in from the right flank and firing a left-footed drive past the helpless Areola from 20 yards out.
United have often come to rely on Fernandes, with the 26-year-old bagging 27 goals and 17 assists in 50 appearances for the club across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
But Pogba was by far their biggest attacking threat against Fulham as he played Scott Parker’s side off the park, and it allowed them to build on Cavani’s goal to make it a comfortable win.
The France international glided around the middle of the park, with the £58.5m-rated midfield dynamo taking more touches (106) than Cavani and Fernandes, as per SofaScore, picking the right moments to keep it short and simple or burst into the box, providing one key pass and six crosses from ten attempts.
He also topped the charts in terms of individual battles, winning six out of his 11 ground duels and two aerial duels (100%), which exceeded his season average of 4.4 ground duels and 2 aerial duels per game, with his teammate Eric Bailly (6) a distant second, per SofaScore.
On top of this, the French midfielder made the most tackles (4) and interceptions (3) out of any United player on the pitch, was only dribbled past once, and made one clearance as well, which shows that he contributed defensively as well.
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