Some Manchester United supporters have levied praise on midfielder Paul Pogba following his excellent second-half display in the club’s comfortable 4-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils started the season’s curtain-raiser on the back foot with a number of scoring opportunities for the visitors, but they managed to find the opener against the run of play after Marcus Rashford successfully converted a penalty in the 18th minute.
Following the interval, Frank Lampard’s side pressed ahead in the search for the leveller, but a counter-attack from the Red Devils allowed Andreas Pereira to whip in a low cross for Anthony Martial to tap home for a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute.
Shortly after, Paul Pogba came into his own with a sublime defence-splitting pass from deep for Rashford’s second goal on the counter-attack before assisting Daniel James’ debut strike after initially making the run behind the Blues’ backline.
Pogba was far from his best form during the opening half where he was guilty of losing the ball on numerous occasions. However, he managed to redeem himself with a couple of assists during the second phase of the encounter and that has generally pleased a section of the fans.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter…..
Pogba owned the midfield today, creating two brilliant assists and a world class display of football mastery. Today's perfomance alone and the action of remaining on the pitch to applaud the fans is deserved of the arm band. A true MUFC lad couldn't be more proud #mufc #ggmu
— plesdent kingstone ?? (@Kiri22) August 11, 2019
I have to say, Second half Paul Pogba was unplayable! The influence, control and pin point passing and double assists along with the lung bursting runs with the ball from the middle was great to see, imagine if we could have second half Pogba all the time ? #MUFC
— ??Bobby Hanlon???? (@bobby9496) August 11, 2019
Pogba. He did an excellent defensive job, covering the left & help AWB when front 3 weren’t tracking back. Then bossed the second half when we played on the counter. That pass. Killed the game.
— Angry Wookiee (@angrywookiee) August 11, 2019
Pogba was so good today, especially in the second half. Just picked it up to another level.
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) August 11, 2019
Effortless by Pogba. Never doubt him.
— Dahír (@dboetan7i) August 11, 2019
That was Paul Pogba at 40% btw.
— Josh Sull? (@ManUnitedMedia) August 11, 2019
Pogba started slowly but LOOK how he took over the game. Sensational.
— UtdArena. (@utdarena) August 11, 2019
With the victory, United have leaped to the second spot on the table behind only Manchester City on goal difference. Their next league challenge will come against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road on August 19.