Paul Pogba treated Manchester United fans to a sensational midfield performance during their side’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The Frenchman was simply everywhere, recovering the ball and turning to rampage forward with reckless abandon all evening. A first half goal and sumptuous assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s late winner serves as a fitting headline for what was an imposing all-round performance.
A quick glance at Pogba’s stats tells you all you need to know about the nature of his display at Selhurst Park: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 chances created, 4 shots, 6 dribbles, 91 passes, 100% tackles won.
As the weeks go by, the noise surrounding Pogba’s price tag continues to simmer down. The 23-year-old, ever since Man United’s 4-0 defeat at Stamford, has shown numerous signs of growing in stature at Old Trafford, serving a clear function in midfield alongside Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera.
Pogba’s performance against Alan Pardew’s side, in what was a hostile, prickly environment, was perhaps the biggest indicator to the watching world that the 23-year-old – after initially struggling to find an identity in Jose Mourinho‘s side – has well and truly arrived in the Premier League.
United, still six points off spot, have reached a stage in the season where points on the board mean everything. Mourinho doesn’t need promising performances anymore; he needs results. And Pogba, with a goal and an assist to seal all three points, did exactly that on Wednesday night.