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Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised Paul Pogba’s performance in Manchester United’s win over West Ham.
The Red Devils came from behind to beat the Hammers 3-1, with Pogba scoring a surprising draw to set up a much better second half for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Pogba has been an inconsistent player for Man Utd, but he has always displayed glimpses of royal quality, with this stroke reminiscent of the kind of magic he displayed during his Juventus days.
Hasselbaink says the key to this is that Pogba plays later, and he certainly seemed to shine in a more advanced role when Donny van de Beek was eliminated against West Ham.
“It is about this. Paul playing higher on the field. This is what you can do, ”Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions, quoted by the Meter.
“That’s great! Going nonsense about going deep, no, you need to play higher because you can have opportunities like this and you can save them and do something special.
“It’s a brilliant, brilliant goal.”
Hasselbaink also praised the instinctive finishing of MUFC youngster Mason Greenwood, who also looked back in his prime against West Ham.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season but hasn’t looked quite as convincing this season, though he reminded everyone of his excellent finish to make it 2-1 at United in yesterday’s game.
Hasselbaink, a clinical striker during his playing days, was clearly impressed, saying: “It’s 100 percent instinct. He’s not thinking, he’s just going with the flow.
“I should be very proud of this goal because it is not an easy goal. Normally you would need three or four touches to score from there, but it doesn’t.
“I would have been very, very proud of that goal.”