Who’s laughing now? Paul Pogba netted the winner in a 1-0 win at Burnley as the Red Devils and their much-criticized manger move three points clear of Liverpool.
With the odds looking stack on a freezing cold night, Manchester United proved their doubters wrong once again. The Red Devils went three points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Burnley.
Frenchman Paul Pogba’s 71st-minute winner was a case on point. His massive strike may have taken a decisive deflection off the host’s Matt Lowton but the midfielder’s volley was a demonstration of excellent technique. He surely did deserve his good fortune.
Just like Solskjaer, Pogba has been constantly questioned and ridiculed by both fans and pundits. However, the 27-year-old oozes class both on and off the ball. His performance in recent weeks has shown glimpses of the level of excellence that we all know he has the capability of producing.
His movement, range of passing, and perhaps vision set him apart from every other player on the pitch at Turf Moor. He had the most passes, the most touches, won the most fouls, and still managed to top the charts for duels. Pogba was immense all over the pitch in every aspect of his game.
Besides, not much had gone United’s way before then. Referee Kevin Friend had incorrectly ruled out a perfectly reasonable headed goal from Harry Maguire shortly before half-time.
What Solskjaer said.
“I’ve always said Paul is a big player for us. He is a good character in the dressing room, he is always the one the lads look to and he’s a world champion. I think he’s at his best at the moment”.
About the match, Solskjaer added, “We had to keep our heads calm and just focus on ourselves and hope the goal would come. Thankfully, it did come. It was a great performance from everyone. Good focus”.
“There is still a long way to go and we have big games coming up. So, we just have to focus on that”.
The net result, though, is that United will arrive at Anfield on Sunday in a match between the Champions and the League leaders.