It wasn’t pretty, but Manchester United got over the line last night to book their spot in the EFL Cup Final at Wembley, where they will take on Southampton.
Leading 2-0 from their first-leg clash with Hull at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho’s men held a real advantage heading to the KCOM Stadium, which was, in the end, needed as Marco Silva’s Tigers continued their improved form and secured a 2-1 victory on the night.
Tom Huddlestone opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Oumar Niasse netted the winner late on, but Paul Pogba’s goal to level the scores in the second half proved the decisive moment, effectively ending the match.
And it wasn’t just his strike that made the £89m man’s evening on the bank of the River Humber so noteworthy, with his overall performance genuinely impressive.
There’s no glossing over it, Man United were poor. But Pogba dragged them through the 90 minutes, having more touches (63) of the ball than any of his team-mates while playing 49 passes as he wrestled the keep his side in the tie. On top of that, he managed to complete 88% of his passes, while winning four tackles, scoring the goal and playing a key pass.
It may not have been a big game on paper, but Pogba stepped up when his side really needed him and Jose Mourinho is firmly on course for his first trophy as Red Devils boss.