After victory under the bright lights of Old Trafford on Friday night which saw the return of Premier League football, numerous United players were in the mix for RedArmyBet’s Man of the Match.
From Luke Shaw’s first United goal, to Fred’s debut there were lots of positives to take from United’s clash with Leicester, but United’s main man of the night had to be Paul Pogba.
When the Frenchman’s name featured in United’s starting line-up, many were surprised, as Pogba only returned from his post-World Cup break four days ago.
With transfer rumours surrounding the midfielder on what feels like a daily basis, it was a welcomed return to see Pogba walk out onto the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams with the captain’s armband.
Despite having no pre-season whatsoever, the 25-year-old displayed impressive energy and pace, wasting no time in emulating his World Cup form with an array of great passes.
He opened the scoring for United after just three minutes with a penalty thanks to a handball from Daniel Amartey and after a brief discussion with Alexis Sanchez, Pogba walked up to the spot and took the penalty with ease.
Throughout the game the Frenchman continued to dominate play in midfield, and impressed his manager and fans, staying on the pitch for the majority of the game.
The World Cup winner, completed a total of 68 passes and ended the game with two shots that were both on target.
Thanks to another goal from Luke Shaw United ended the game with a victory and had great spells of possession and enthusiasm on the pitch, a great deal of which stemmed from the man of the match.
Despite the criticism he has faced, Pogba certainly proved many fans wrong in Russia, and it was reassuring for United fans to see the midfielder bring the same level of play back to Manchester.
Mourinho will be keen to hit the ground running this season, with the likes of Manchester City and Livepool claiming wins over the weekend, and if Pogba can emulate and improve upon Friday’s performance, could this be the Frenchman’s year?