Manchester United got back to winning ways after First leg defeat in the Champions League to PSG in which they lost 2-0 and saw their talisman, Paul Pogba dismissed in the 89’ minute for a needless offence. But as the case has been on multiple occasions since Jose’s axing, it was The Paul Pogba Show last night.
The Frenchman kept up his rich vein of form with an assist for the opener, a delightfully lofted cross to the back post which would’ve been harder for Ander Herrera to miss than to score, and then scoring the second with a towering bullet header assisted by Marcus Rashford.
The Rashford x Pogba link up is still booming and United fans can’t get enough of it as academy graduates being at the core of success is part of the club’s DNA. Pogba is currently operating at World Class level racking up 9 Goals and 6 Assists in 12 games in comparison to his 5 Goals and 4 assists in 20 games under Jose Mourinho (JM), this campaign.
Paul Pogba has been unlocked! and whilst many thought United needed to sign a defensive midfielder to “Free Pogba” and others thinking he was to blame for his decline due to his lack of focus and tactical awareness, it is now clear to see that it was always about the system and philosophy of the side and La Pioche as he’s known in France is more than thriving in Ole’s free flowing, expansive style of football.
Since the change at the helm, Pogba has gone from being labelled a virus by JM, stripped of his position in the captaincy hierarchy and even seeing segments of the fan base start to turn on him and side with the ex-manager to United’s emotional leader as well as talisman. He has led in goals scored, assists, chances created, shots on target as well as completed take ons.
But once again, we must ask.. What is Maurizio Sarri doing ? “F*ck Sarri ball” was belted out from the terraces as it seems the Chelsea faithful are running out of patience with Maurizios style of play and simply want results. Sarri’s stubbornness is starting to rub fans the wrong way as he insists on playing his signing and faithful soldier Jorginho in the DM role over the best DM in England and probably the best DM in all of world football, World Cup winner, Ngolo Kante. Sarri also brought in another of his most trusted men in the January window, Argentine hitman Gonzalo Higuain, and whilst it’s still early days, it’s not looking particularly good for Gonzalo. Time will tell if another Chelsea forward is about to bite the dust.
With the top 4 looking more like a struggle, Chelsea not being in the Champions league and now out of the FA cup, Sarri’s main hope for first season success lies at Wembley against probably the worst team to play in the entire country, the same team that just annihilated them 6- 0 just over a week ago, Manchester City… God speed!
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By Mosope Afolabi