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Match of the Day's desperately awkward 'analysis' of Paul Pogba's celebration

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Paul Pogba returned in sublime fashion against Newcastle United on Saturday night.

Manchester United fans have been under no illusion that their club's playing style has suffered ever since the Frenchman hobbled off against Basel in September.

After the second international break, United briefly shrivelled up into defensive performances that warranted a one-note showing at Anfield, sheepish wins over Benfica and a forgettable trip to Huddersfield.

So it was a breath of fresh air through Old Trafford when Pogba returned and the 24-year-old was frankly a different class in Jose Mourinho's midfield.

The ex-Juventus man provided a sublime assist for Anthony Martial to equalise, after Dwight Gayle's shock opening goal, with some effortless dribbling on the right flank and a floated chip into the box.

He then joined his compatriot on the scoresheet in the 54th minute, arriving to tap the ball past Rob Elliott from Marcus Rashford's brilliant headed delivery across the six yard box.

It wasn't exactly a typical Pogba screamer in any sense of the word but his excitable celebration was more than vindicated by the long injury lay-out that preceded it.

Pogba made a handcuff gesture to the Old Trafford faithful as a dedication to those under bondage and slavery in Libya before reverting to the Billy dance he promised would replace the dab this summer.

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Even the Match of the Day line-up that night loved Pogba's antics with Gary Lineker, Phil Neville and Alan Shearer mulling over the clips of the 4-1 win.

Quite why so much attention was drawn to the 24-year-old's celebration is unknown and it makes for rather awkward viewing - take a look:

It wouldn't be outrageous for one of them to make a rudimental Strictly Come Dancing comparison but to literally make a split screen of Pogba and Mollie King busting a move in the studio was bizarre. Although, the comparison is surprisingly uncanny.

Whoever was in charge of timing the Strictly theme tune to the footage had an absolute nightmare in the editing suite.

Shearer channelling his inner Len Goodman with the famous call of 'seven' didn't exactly have viewers splitting at the sides, either.

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Neville wisely stayed out of the routine and quickly moved on the analysis to the comeback of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who starred in the final 20 minutes.

And as long as those two have goals to celebrate - no matter how flamboyantly they do it - then United fans can hope that their city rivals can and will be hunted down.

Do you think Manchester United can catch Man City this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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