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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Paul Pogba after the midfielder’s “excellent” performance in Thursday’s 3-1 win against Sheffield United.
The central midfielder played a key hand in two of the Red Devils goals, which will take some of the hatred off his back after agent Mino Raiola recently claimed that Pogba’s time with United was up.
Pogba produced a brilliant pass for the first time in the 33rd minute to float the ball in the way of Anthony Martial, and his compatriot scored his first Premier League goal of the season as a result.
The 27-year-old Pogba also sparked astonishing team movement that led to Marcus Rashford’s second of the night and United’s third with exceptional play in his own half.
The midfielder received the ball from a poor Sheffield United throw-in and made the most of that mistake when he walked away from a Blade and perfectly defeated another before overtaking.
At the post-match press conference, Solskjaer called Pogba’s display “excellent” and also commented on the “vision” and “creativity” of the talented star.
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“Yes, we made a decision, of course we also know his strength in the air, we knew it was going to be important for us on set pieces, goal kicks and long shots, he won more or less all the headers. “
“His vision, creativity, of course, we want it too, so Paul has responded very well to the work he has been doing, he is now in shape and performing excellently.”
This was the superstar’s 16th appearance in all competitions this season, marking his eighth start, the brilliant display has provided the platform for Pogba to begin now that he is fully fit.
The conversation surrounding Pogba since rejoining the Red Devils for a then-world-record fee in the summer of 2016 has always been whether the midfielder can perform like this consistently.
A favorable draw against a team that is respectfully resigned to being relegated this season is exactly the confidence booster Pogba needed to help try to get back on the right track.
Solskjaer’s men are now sixth in the Premier League table, but they have a game in hand over everyone above them; if that happened later and they won, they would be seconds.