Paul Pogba was given the man of the match award for his performance in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.
The Frenchman served up a reminder of what he’s capable of with a classy performance in midfield that included an assist.
“Paul Pogba played very well,” Jose Mourinho said in his post-match interview.
“Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good.”
Mourinho is right, Pogba was excellent in the 3-2 win over Manchester City and again last night. It’s his performance in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion last Sunday that’s the problem.
His poor showing prompted criticism from Gary Neville, who tweeted: “Good!,” when a report suggested Pogba and Alexis Sanchez could be dropped for the FA Cup semi-final match against Tottenham on Saturday.
Neville continued on Pogba: “Enough is enough! He’s playing at walking pace! He can do so much more…”
Neville's Pogba tweet
Sky Sports pundit Neville was always going to be asked what he made of the 25-year-old’s performance at the Vitality Stadium and his response was oh so sarcastic.
“He was outstanding, great, taking it all back!!,” Neville wrote.
Of course, Neville is among those simply hoping to see Pogba perform well on a consistent basis.
Paul Scholes accused the France international of “disrespecting” his teammates and manager with his performance against West Brom prior to the Bournemouth win, but he reversed his tune at full-time.
“If he plays like this there shouldn’t be a better player in world football,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“It’s a big help for him having [Ander] Herrera in a deep position. He was thinking more about his attacking side of play.”
Pogba has shown throughout the season that he’s more comfortable going forwards than he is when tasked with a defensive role.
His assist came when he got his head down and started running towards goal, before teeing up Romelu Lukaku to make it 2-0.
"At half-time the manager told Paul to keep making those runs, he did and played a perfect pass which I was able to finish off,” Lukaku revealed after the match.
Pogba showed he can do it at Bournemouth. But he needs to do it at Wembley Stadium on Saturday if he’s to silence the critics.