The midfielder reunited with the Man United squad just three days before their meeting with Leicester after playing a central role in France’s triumphant World Cup campaign.
But he was nonetheless given the armband by Jose Mourinho and produced a typically all-encompassing midfield display, tucking away a penalty after three minutes.
Speaking after the game, Shaw enthused at the way Pogba was able to come straight back into the starting XI.
“Paul doesn’t need a break,” he said. “Honestly, he’s a beast! He’s unbelievable. He only came back three or four days before the game and it just shows how important he is for the team.”
“He was captain and is a very, very big leader in the dressing room, as you’ll have seen that in the videos from France [at the World Cup] of course.
“For me, he’s helped me a lot – we’ve spoken a bit. He’s a wonderful guy and an even better player on the pitch. Honestly, he’s so important for us. Like I said, he’s only been here for three or four days and to put in a performance like that was unbelievable.
“It’s nice to have him in the team and around the place – he cheers everyone up and gives good vibes. For me, he’s one of the most important players, probably in the Premier League – he’s got everything.
“I’m glad to be able to play with him and I hope we can share some good memories together this season.”
Fitness is important at this level, of course. You need a certain level of bodily strength and cardiovascular endurance to keep yourself going in a ferocious Premier League game.
But for top players, like Pogba, that is generally. The challenge for senior footballers is to marry that physical power with technical ability. A proper player can launch a pass or beat an opponent with the same dexterity and execution in the 88th minute that they managed in the third. That is what training – and pre-season – is all about.
There are some players, however, who are simply un-teachably brilliant, and can do this without really trying. Eric Cantona was like this. Paul Gascoigne, Edgar Davids, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi are all other examples. And make no mistake: Pogba fits into this category as well.