After coming under plenty of criticism for his recent efforts for Manchester United and France, Paul Pogba silenced his doubters against the Netherlands.
The £89 million man scored the winner, and it was an absolute beauty. From 35 yards out, he smacked the ball past Maarten Stekelenburg.
The only downer on Pogba’s night was a yellow card he picked up in rather petty fashion.
Clearly having become frustrated at being toyed by Pogba all evening, Netherlands’ midfielder Kevin Strootman engaged in a war of words with the Frenchman in the second half.
Both received a yellow card and Strootman will now miss the next World Cup qualifier. It was a rough evening for the Roma man.
It appeared that referee Damir Skomina was being harsh towards the pair, but perhaps he heard what we couldn’t: the four words Pogba said to Strootman during their altercation.
You don’t need to be an expert at reading lips to understand Pogba telling his opponent to “shut the f*** up”.
Now, now Pogba. There are kids watching.
Pogba served us all a reminder of just why United spent a world-record fee in the summer. There must now surely be a hope inside the Old Trafford dressing room that the 23-year-old’s performance at the Amsterdam ArenA can be the catalyst for an improvement in his performances.
After all, United paid Juventus £89m for such acts of brilliance as you can see below. Not for him to swear at opposing players.