Manchester United enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 win over reigning Premier League champions, Leicester City on Saturday and Paul Pogba believes the Red Devils first half performance was “almost perfect”. United went into the break four goals to the good, and the Frenchmen managed to score his first goal for the club during the first 45 minutes, after rising above Leicester’s defence to head home. Similar set piece routines led to goals for Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford, and Juan Mata was the other player to find the net after some intricate passing from the Spaniard, Jesse Lingard and Pogba himself. In an interview with MUTV, Pogba said;
“The first half was almost perfect and that’s why we won the game I think. It was our best half since the start of the season. It wasn’t easy for the players in the second half to switch on when we knew Leicester were going to push up to try to score goals but I think we did great. The thing we did well was we did great without the ball. It was very important and when we had the ball we just played like I knew we could. We were very focused and we produced a big performance on the pitch. We want to carry on like this.”
Pogba was voted Man-of-the-Match by the Manchester United followers on Twitter, and is thrilled to have opened his account for the senior team;
“It feels great to get my first goal at Old Trafford. For me it was very good and very important. I hope it won’t be the last one.”
The £89 million man is hoping for more of the same from the team and hopes United can carry on performing like this for the next few weeks, with some big fixtures ahead. Pogba described the performance as, “the best performance from me and the team since we came back from international duty. There are a lot of games to play so we will keep fighting and hopefully continuing with performances like this one”.
Pogba certainly played a key part in that first half, with many United fans claiming that this was the best first half performance from a United team since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. It showed promising signs of United’s identity under Jose Mourinho, and he said in a post-match interview that the first half was an example of how he wants to play. The big talking point will be the fact Wayne Rooney didn’t start, and whether United are better off without him, and whether Jose Mourinho still sees him as a key player for the club. While it would be foolish to judge this after one game, you can’t deny that the signs are there. United looked much more fluid in attack, the player’s movement looked sharper, and the team as a collective unit looked much improved.
In regards to the recent criticism of the team and of the manager, Jose Mourinho, the Frenchman almost pleaded for patience and an element of calmness. He said something which a lot of people should remember when things aren’t going United’s way. He said, “I never read the newspapers but I always say one thing – at the end you will see”.