Manchester United fans had plenty of reasons to smile on Saturday, as France were able to beat Argentina 4-3 to secure a place in the quarter-finals, where they will face either Portugal or Uruguay.
An early penalty was given away by Rojo, who despite having secured Argentina this game, was the reason behind the South Americans going a goal down when Griezmann coolly netted the spot-kick.
Hope seemed to be on the horizon going into the second half when Di Maria made in 1-1. This was followed by a lucky deflection by Mercado to make it 2-1.
Argentina seemed to be in control for a while, but then Kylian Mbappe struck twice and Aguero’s injury-time goal proved futile in saving Messi’s hopes for a World Cup.
WATCH: Players Reaction To France vs Argentina 4-3
But the reason United fans were ecstatic during the game was due to the manner in which Paul Pogba functioned. His style was remarkable and his contribution was of immense importance in France going through.
Needless to say, supporters took to Twitter to sing the 25-year-old’s praises.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 30, 2018
Paul Pogba sends Argentina home… Thoughts are with Graeme Souness at this difficult time! pic.twitter.com/lCQDI7ah7m
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) June 30, 2018
Paul Pogba looks at home on the world stage comfortably bossing a game against a team containing Lionel Messi
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) June 30, 2018
Paul Pogba running the show out there. He’s been outstanding today. So happy he’s ours, and we should keep him for as long as we possibly can.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) June 30, 2018
Pogba has been really pivotal today for France’s success. His passing has been outstanding, really promising for France that he’s performed like this today.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) June 30, 2018
Paul Pogba having a very good World Cup campaign. You won’t hear nothing about that in the media though 🤷🏻♂️
— UnitedReview (@TheUtdReview) June 30, 2018
If the Manchester United & France strikers could bury the chances Paul Pogba creates, he'd be rated more fairly than he currently is. Phenomenal performance once again, on the biggest stage of them all.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) June 30, 2018
Paul Pogba's game by numbers vs. Argentina:
13 passes in the final third
10 ball recoveries
2 take-ons completed
2 tackles completed
2 aerial duels won
1 key pass
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) June 30, 2018
Manchester United will now be hoping that the same kind of Pogba will be playing for them when they return to club football next season. This kind of influence is precisely what the Mancunian giants have been missing.
Much doubt was raised over his performance last season, but the weeks in Russia have gone on to prove the point that Pogba can be an utter gem of a player if adequate personnel is deployed around him. Is Mourinho taking notes?