Manchester United fans are not on the receiving end of much cheer this Christmas as their side rendered yet another disappointing performance.
Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Watford, who are the bottom-most side in the Premier League and began the fixture with only one win to their name, was a new low for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
The game featured much of what was lacking in the new regime as David De Gea’s shocking drop saw Ismaila Sarr break the deadlock in the 50th minute. This was followed by a stray Aaron Wan-Bissaka tackle inside the box and the ensuing penalty was converted well by Troy Deeney.
Emotions flared after the loss and fans were open in their criticism of Solskjaer on Twitter.
However, even within this defeat, there was a glimmer of hope.
The fixture was the first one in nearly three months that the Red Devils had a fit Paul Pogba. The French midfielder played a role in the away game when he came on for the final-third of game, subbed on for Jesse Lingard.
Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba together really make #mufc tick. Look at how they brought Luke Shaw into the game and made the left side so strong. We need other attacking players on their wavelength. I would argue we have a few: Greenwood, Gomes, maybe Levitt. Is Haaland? pic.twitter.com/Jx9v34emfo
— Rich (@UtdPotential) December 23, 2019
Peter Crouch: "If United had a fully-fit Pogba and used him in the right role, some supporters would have a very different view. Quite simply, he's better than anything else United have got – they should keep him & use him properly by building their team around him.” #MUFC [BBC] pic.twitter.com/S3NeASs1HT
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 23, 2019
Pogba our best player yesterday + he played for just 26 mins. Instantly effected the game and made things happen, we had a shot every 2 mins when he was introduced compared to every 9 mins. He adds that creative spark we have desperately been missing. Good to have him back. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/IPwPiQhqch
— UnitedReds (@UnitedRedscom) December 23, 2019
Disrespected, mistreated and scapegoated by so many. Paul Pogba came back today and showed exactly why he would be a huge loss if he left this club. He deserves better. pic.twitter.com/cUd6HWhhX1
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 22, 2019
Kept away by injury and illness, Pogba was swift in displaying to the fans precisely what they were missing and most of them were in acceptance of the sheer impact he brought to the game.
Apart from praises heaped on his general showing and the profound difference he made to the final minutes, the statistics also painted a favorable outlook of his display.
Simply put, United were a much more electric side when Pogba was on the pitch and fans can’t wait to see him start a full game now.
At the same time, Pogba’s sole showing does not change the fact that there are larger, more profound issues at play in this United side. Further still, the Frenchman’s transfer trysts aren’t over either and thus this glimmer of hope may not be a Red Devils for too long.