Manchester United scripted the perfect Premier League start as they were able to defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a well-found penalty after a tumultuous period where Chelsea simply refused to let go of the ball. The power-struggle continued for much of the first-half.
However, in the second-half, United took full control of the game and were successful in guiding the tides of the play in their favor with a pragmatic and balanced approach.
Anthony Martial was able to net a neat goal after a pressured forward-play. Chelsea weren’t allowed to recuperate after that, as Marcus Rashford netted another one in less than two minutes after the Frenchman’s goal. Then, Daniel James succeeded in cementing the win for the Red Devils minutes after making his debut.
In Rashford’s goal and James’ strike, it was the well-found passes of Paul Pogba that made all the difference.
In fact, that wasn’t the sole impact of the World Cup winner.
After the full-time whistle, a journalist spotted an important act from the Frenchman.
James Ducker of the Telegraph tweeted: “Pogba in no rush to get off the pitch. Applauding all corners. As approaches the tunnel he takes off shirt and hands it to a fan. Lots of applause and cheering. Very, very different from how things ended last season with a row with a fan after Cardiff defeat #mufc #cfc”
The row in question refers to a rather unsavory incident at the end of last season when Manchester United fans hurled insults at Pogba, mocking him for his poor performances and urging him to leave.
Many had thought that to be the last straw for the former Juventus midfielder who was embroiled in a summer-long tryst with Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane.
Los Blancos can still land him in the weeks that remain in their transfer window, but it is increasingly unlikely that the Red Devils will sanction a departure now that there is no scope for them to purchase a replacement.