Manchester United Football Club returned to winning ways on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s men left it mightily late, but coming from 2-0 down to turn things around showed us something we haven’t seen all season; fight.
The Red Devils never gave up. As soon as Juan Mata’s free-kick hit the back of the net, the atmosphere around the place changed. You always felt like the hosts would get back into the game from that point onwards.
It was just excellent to see that they care. The last few performances certainly gave the impression that they weren’t really bothered, but I’ll happily admit I was wrong.
I’ve criticised one player in particular recently; Paul Pogba. On Saturday, though, he bossed it, particularly in that second-half. For his display, the Frenchman earned himself a place in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week – and rightly so…
Although he was almost playing as a centre-half at times, Pogba was excellent. He picked the right passes in a ‘quarterback’ sort of role, as he could completely assess the situation that was unfolding in front of him.
His marauding runs, footballing intelligence, precise passes and on-ball ability gave Newcastle serious problems. As their defence tired, Pogba grew in confidence and stature. He was pulling the strings, everything good was coming through him.
We’ve seen this before, though. Pogba now has to kick on and put in performances like this on a more consistent basis. That’s the least we deserve after the antics between him and Jose Mourinho over the last few weeks.