Paul Pogba made a decisive impact upon his return to action for Manchester United on Friday night.
He came off the bench after 62 minutes as part of a double change with Mason Greenwood, in place of Fred and Dan James.
Pogba won United’s penalty for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw, and his excellent pass to Marcus Rashford could easily have resulted in a winner.
Teammate Luke Shaw was impressed and said that he told Pogba this after the game. Speaking to the club’s website, he suggested he would like to see the Frenchman start on Wednesday night against Sheffield United.
Shaw said: “I told him afterwards how much of a difference he made. He didn’t play for that long but obviously it’s great to have him and Rashy back in the side.
“They are very important players and maybe we can see Paul from the start on Wednesday.”
Talent so obvious
Pogba is a top class player and United are a better team when he is on the pitch. Often the problem has been that there has not been enough quality around him.
Signing Bruno Fernandes has given United a more dangerous attacking edge, and an extra bit of bite in midfield too, with the Portuguese star not shy of getting stuck in.
During their half an hour on the pitch together United were hard to contain, and with more ruthless finishing we would have won the game.
Sheffield United are a well organised side who are normally very tough to break down. Having a creative player like Paul Pogba in the team could be decisive.
Shaw’s comments are not meant out of any disrespect for United’s midfield alternatives, they are just recognition of how highly he regards Pogba, and an acknowledgement that he can take this team to a new level.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke highly of the World Cup winner after Friday’s draw too.
He told the club website: “Paul is one of the best players in the world and it’s great to have him back. It’s good to give him minutes and he’ll work hard to get even fitter for next time and play more.”
Solskjaer’s comments offered no guarantees that Pogba will start, but it is more than likely he does after his impressive cameo. United should try and seize on that momentum and pick up where we left off.
If the Frenchman does get the nod, it is likely to be a popular decision among the players, not just the fans.
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