Paul Pogba‘s display in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Hull City received a mixed reception from supporters.
The Frenchman was, once again, a constant presence in the heart of Man United’s midfield, charging around the pitch, trying to force the issue against a rigid side. However, this rampaging attitude occasionally led to the 23-year-old making a poor decision on the ball.
Some United fans admired Pogba’s effervescence against Hull, and were quick to praise the midfielder. Others, however, were not so complimentary.
Pogba has been United's best player but he's not getting much help. Rooney struggling, Martial quiet. Valencia a threat from right-back.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 27, 2016
Deserved win. Blind, Valencia & Pogba were excellent. But Rashford & Mkhitaryan surely made the difference.
— United Finest (@United_Finest) August 27, 2016
Pogba is trying to hard ????
— Seán Kane (@SeanKane86) August 27, 2016
Don't tell me Pogba is a CM, he's an CAM. He can't distribute well from the back and he wants to be involved higher up the pitch.
— Marcelo (@Mahdii_Me) August 27, 2016
Clearly wasn't Pogba's day today. Won't be surprised if he gets a drubbing from Mou after the match.
— Vaneet Goyal (@okvaneet) August 27, 2016
It is a rule of thumb that a player who breaks the world transfer record receives an avalanche of scrutiny from all corners of the globe. It’s just how it works.
Pogba, despite being experienced for a 23-year-old, would have never come across an encounter like this: away from home in the Premier League, against a brutally compact and dedicated Hull side, with the rain teeming down. For anyone making their first Premier League away start, such an environment would have been scathing.
And even in such an environment, the Frenchman, with every passage of play passing through him, still acted as the heartbeat of the game. One does have to concede that, in comparison to his debut, Pogba’s manipulation of the ball wasn’t as acute, but his unshakeable work rate and conviction acted as the centrepiece to United’s second half onslaught, culminating in Marcus Rashford‘s injury time winner.