Paul Pogba has given his thoughts in the wake of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Manchester City in Houston, noting that the squad’s fitness was improving after three games.
The Frenchman provided a sublime assist over the top for Romelu Lukaku to claim his second goal of this year’s tour after 37 minutes.
Marcus Rashford, latching onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass, quickly added Man United’s second and Jose Mourinho’s men comfortably saw the game out, with Lukaku going close to adding a third with an effort that struck the woodwork.
And Pogba, speaking to MUTV, was clearly pleased to claim such an emphatic victory over Pep Guardiola’s men but placed more emphasis on building fitness moving forward.
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We should remember that this was United’s third pre-season game and Man City’s first, giving Mourinho’s side a marked advantage. And it showed from minute one: United were faster, crisper and indeed capable of setting a level of intensity throughout the encounter that City simply couldn’t match.
Mkhitaryan was too nimble, Ander Herrera too aggressive, Lukaku too powerful, Rashford too fast and Pogba – well, just too good, really.
This was, as Mourinho made clear before the game, nothing more than a competitive training session, but one that pointed towards things moving in the right direction.