Paul Scholes has claimed that Paul Pogba produced one of his best ever Manchester United performances against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
Jose Mourinho was openly critical of Pogba’s display during Man United’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, imploring the Frenchman to keep things simple.
And he did exactly that, confidently and effectively stroking the ball all over the pitch in what was a dominant display from start to finish – crowned by a pulsating run through the middle and a pinpoint assist for Romelu Lukaku.
Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Scholes, normally very critical of the 25-year-old, was delighted with his display.
There is always pressure on Pogba whenever he steps on the pitch. In fact, you could say there are only a handful of players who have more pressure on their shoulders to deliver in world football.
But there was a different kind of pressure against Bournemouth. The Frenchman, thrown in as half a punishment and half as a challenge from Mourinho, was playing for his spot in the FA Cup semi-final. This was essentially make or break.
And with all eyes firmly on his number, Pogba didn’t just play beautifully; he dominated the occasion. The way he recovered the ball, worked himself some space, and sprung away to move play up the pitch was incessant, and ultimately the reason United won.