A penny for Paul Scholes’ thoughts on that Paul Pogba performance.
Manchester United’s £89 million man was simply sensational in their 3-0 win over Stoke City this evening.
He provided the first two assists - for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial - and was at the heart of everything positive about United.
Scholes said that Pogba is “strolling through games” after the 0-0 draw against Southampton in December, prompting Jose Mourinho to accuse the Man United legend of being jealous of the Frenchman’s wealth and success.
But Pogba certainly didn’t stroll through this one.
He created the first goal in the ninth minute, doing well to find Valencia on the right before the Ecuadorian cut in and fired home with his left foot.
Pogba's first assist
His assist for Martial’s goal was pretty special. Pogba displayed superb vision to find his compatriot on the edge of the area and Martial curled in a stunning strike.
Pogba's second assist
Gary Lineker described Pogba as “excellent” on Twitter and he was spot on.
The France international showcased his wide array of skills, including a sublime pass with his left foot and a neat run to retain possession.
Pogba's stunning pass
His great run
He nearly added a third assist.
Pogba was trending on Twitter, highlighting the attention he received with his performance.
His updated stats make for impressive reading. He's now level on Kevin De Bruyne for most assists in the Premier League this season (9), despite missing plenty of minutes, and he's now been involved in 14 goals in his past 14 league appearances - four goals, 10 assists.
It's exactly what Mourinho wanted to see when he decided to spend £89m to bring the midfielder back to Old Trafford last year.
The Portuguese came to Pogba's defence following Scholes' criticism last month in an outburst that attracted a great deal of attention.
“Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best all the time," Mourinho said, per The Guardian. "Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn’t play so well.
"It’s not Paul’s fault that he has made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s not Paul Scholes’ fault either, it’s just the way football is.
"I think Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player, not as a pundit. I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player that gave so much to the club that I am proud to represent."
Even Scholes will have a hard time criticising Pogba's performance tonight.
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