Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win on Thursday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men secured their progression with a 1-0 win at the San Siro against AC Milan, Paul Pogba coming off of the bench to score the vital goal.
He had only been on the pitch for two minutes following his half-time introduction before firing in from close range following penalty box pinball. Aside from the goal, it was a thoroughly impressive showing from the Frenchman following his return after approximately six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
In his 45 minutes on the pitch, the former Juventus man had 46 touches on the ball, surpassing Mason Greenwood, who ended up completing the full game.
The vast majority of Pogba’s touches had a telling contribution, too. According to WhoScored, he had three shots at goal, with no player on either side having more than the midfielder. The one he managed to get on target, of course, ended up being the all-important winning goal at the San Siro.
Pogba’s contributions did not end there, either, as he also provided two key passes in what was an eye-catching offensive cameo. In his 90 minutes on the pitch, only Bruno Fernandes and Dan James could match that figure, per WhoScored.
Whilst the £58.5m-rated midfielder inspired the Red Devils in an attacking sense, he was also crucial as the visitors attempted to close out their vital victory. He contributed one tackle, two interceptions, a clearance and a successful aerial duel.
For a player who was deployed by Solskjaer to inspire the Red Devils in an attacking vein, Pogba’s determined defensive showing was also extremely impressive.
Having only played 45 minutes for United in Italy, Pogba really was the inspiration behind their win.