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Manchester United ace Paul Pogba says the impact of Covid-19 had a huge effect on his early-season form and left him feeling “weird.”
The midfield star tested positive for coronavirus in August. He forced him out of the France squad and quarantined him.
Pogba returned for United’s first Premier League game of the season. But it lasted only 67 minutes when the hosts were humiliated 3-1 by Crystal Palace.
Before Saturday’s win at West Ham, he had scored just one goal in 18 appearances for his club and his country.
However, he doubled that count with an excellent curling equalizer in the second half. That was the spark that propelled the Red Devils to a 3-1 victory.
Match of the Day analysts also praised him after his best display of the campaign.
Pogba’s consistency at Old Trafford has often been questioned. But he admits that some of his dull displays early in the campaign were due to physical problems caused by Covid-19.
Speaking in MUTV On his impact, the Frenchman said: “It’s strange, it’s difficult to explain because you wouldn’t understand it.
“Even in training, I would tell the physical trainer that I feel strange. It’s not me. I get tired really fast and get out of breath really fast.
“The first game of the season, I couldn’t run. I was trying. I spoke to the coach, ‘I’m going to start the game and let’s see.’ But I was very out of breath and it took me a long time to get back into shape and be physically fine.
“It’s good to get back to the team,” he continued. “And scoring this goal to help the team get back into the game is very important for the team. I am very happy about that.
“It is a big difference. I am also finding my rhythm. I feel much better, I felt that I could go again, control the game, get the ball. That’s what I like myself.
“That is what I think is good for the team. I am a team player. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing, you know? That’s why I came here and that’s why I want to be successful ”.
Pogba admits the ball could have gone out
Pogba says their spectacular draw at West Ham could have been ruled out.
In preparation, Dean Henderson’s upward point towards Bruno Fernandes seemed to have been left out of the game.
The VAR didn’t pick it up but the West Ham boss David moyes it was under the path of the ball and he was sure it was coming out. A Match of the Day graphic seemed to back it up.
Pogba said: “Dean’s kick was a little… we didn’t know if he was in or out, but we tried. I just did it. I saw that Bruno had the ball and I was free.
“I hit one in the first half, it didn’t go well. But the second time he came in and I’m very happy with it. “
Mason Greenwood and Marcus rashford added more goals, as United posted five wins of five on the road this season.