Arsenal legend Ian Wright has sung the praises of Paul Pogba after he helped alleviate the pressure on Jose Mourinho with his superb performance in United’s sensational 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle.
Manchester United went into Saturday’s game knowing that Jose Mourinho’s future was under intense scrutiny, with reports suggesting that he would be sacked, no matter what the outcome of the game was.
After 10 minutes, that scenario looked all but certain, as United conceded a quickfire double to the Magpies, only for a Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial inspired Red Devils to complete the most memorable of comebacks in recent times to win the game 3-2.
While many have pointed fingers at Pogba and his performances in recent months, speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday night, Arsenal legend Ian Wright was quick to point out how integral the World Cup winner was to the United performance.
“Pogba started at centre-half, him and Matic in the second half, and he had the most touches, most shots, the most passes, most sprints in the game, but the thing with him was that he needed to show up in this game,” said Wright.
“They were 2-0 down, they had to do what they were doing. Newcastle had run out of steam. They didn’t have the quality to keep the ball in areas that could have hurt Man Utd but Pogba, in those areas, was causing problems.
“They had some unbelievable chances Man Utd, Matic misses that which is a sitter for me.
“Everything that they did that was quality, Pogba was involved, he really got a grasp of the game in the second half. This is really good play, this is what you want to see from Man Utd. This is what they’re capable of. One touch play. Movement.”
Despite starting as a centre-back in the second half, Pogba did eventually revert to being a midfielder, and he grabbed himself an assist after being involved in a cute little give-and-go with Anthony Martial, who calmly netted to make the scores 2-2.
“Again, this was the goal, You see Newcastle, no one is on him, and that is the little awareness there, the quality, that is what he’s got.
“In this game, he really took control of it and stamped his quality on it.”