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Paul Pogba produces decisive display against Arsenal despite late red card

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba played an instrumental role in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday night despite picking up a red card in the 74th minute.

The Frenchman was the catalyst behind a series of ruthless counter-attacks from the visitors, supplying a crisp assist for Antonio Valencia in the fourth minute.

And with Arsenal banging on Man United’s door, Pogba made a mockery of captain Laurent Koscielny before teeing up Jesse Lingard for a tap-in, only to see his night cut short by a needless challenge on Hector Bellerin that merited a red card.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old’s numbers from the game tell the story of what was a dominant display in the middle.

It is an immense shame that one of Pogba’s finer displays in a Man United shirt will be forever clouded by a moment of madness towards the end.

But make no mistake: this is what the Frenchman dominating a big game away from home looks like. He was faultless on the ball, always picking the right pass, and drove United forward to give their back four a rest from the home side’s onslaught and, crucially, the front three a chance to inflict serious damage on the break.

He will miss the clash with Manchester City – a massive, massive blow – but supporters will hope that this performance serves as a precursor for further decisive displays against the top sides during the business end of the season.

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