Pogba: ‘Brilliant’ Ronaldo triggered Manchester United reaction

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Paul Pogba believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to form was just what Manchester United needed after the Portuguese star scored a hat-trick in the Red Devils’ 3-2 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

After being left out of the squad for their 4-1 game against Manchester City last week, Ronaldo returned with force and got United out of the goal after 12 minutes with a trademark attack from distance.

The 37-year-old delivered timely goals to Ralf Rangnick’s team, who lacked as much response as points. The Old Trafford crowd fed on it, which was something Pogba acknowledged afterwards.

“Ronaldo was brilliant. “I think that was all we needed – a reaction,” the French national team player told Sky Sports. “We scored beautiful goals. Even when we conceded a goal, we came back and scored again. The mentality was there again today.

“Everyone knows Cristiano – there is no need to talk about him. That’s what he does. He did not play in the last match, but he comes back and scores three goals. Everyone is happy.

“It was good today. You can hear the fans. They pushed us and felt it. I think today was a very good performance as a team and a very good reaction from the City match.”

Despite Ronaldo’s hat-trick, it was still a fleeting 90 minutes from United, where Tottenham managed to equalize twice via Harry Kane from the penalty spot and a Harry Maguire own goal.

But according to Pogba, United’s mentality was definite, especially in the context of the Premier League’s top four races.

“We kept believing. In the second half we did not get the great pass and I think the move was not there,” he said.

“We gave them a bit of confidence, that’s why they scored. But we got a corner and scored the winning goal.

“It’s a boost. We needed it to go again. We want the top four and they were opponents who are also looking for the top four. It was a good win and a good performance.”

The victory places United in fourth place with 50 points, two points ahead of Arsenal, who have four games in hand.





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