Paul Pogba came on as a substitute as Manchester United roared back to beat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League.

Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo got the goals as United recovered from a poor first half performance to go top of the group.

Pogba spoke to Sony Sports after the game, and praised the goalscorers for their displays.

Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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“For sure,” said Pogba when asked if it was good to have Rashford back. “Marcus has been injured for a long time and he has come back with a very positive energy.

“It’s two games, two goals for him so it’s very good for the team. We just wish him the best again to help the team as he has been doing since he’s been back.

On Ronaldo, Pogba added: “Cristiano is Cristiano and what he did was a Cristiano thing. It’s just deja vu. What can we say about him? Respect, and enjoy having him here.”

 

Pogba also praised Maguire’s goal: “It was very good. It wasn’t an easy goal, he struck it well and helped the team to win today.”

Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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United produced a second half display of purpose and intent to grab a crucial result.

Long-term conclusions cannot be drawn from this performance, and Sunday’s clash with Liverpool will likely be more instructive.

It will be interesting to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recalls Pogba to his starting 11 for that huge game.

United were too open in midfield for large periods of last night’s match and Jurgen Klopp’s side could capitalise if as much space is left again on Sunday.

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