Man Utd’s return to Premier League football ended with a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham Hotspur.
It took two new signings to make an impact as Steven Bergwijn broke the deadlock in the first half while the Red Devils had to wait until Bruno Fernandes kicked a penalty home in the second half before they started breathing easy.
However, Fernandes’ penalty arrived as a result of a vital change made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that was the addition of Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman started the game on the bench but his introduction at the hour-mark made a heap of difference to the creative intent with which United strode forward.
He could have made an impact from the get-go itself as his pass to Fernandes was nearly a goal. Winning the penalty minutes later will remain his crucial contribution to the game. However, fans also took special notice of an exceptional pass he provided towards the end of the fixture.
Winning the ball on the counter-attack the Frenchman eased it into a half-volley and then plummeted it long with a graceful pass to Marcus Rashford who unfortunately wasn’t able to do justice to it.
Fans took to twitter to heap praises on the prodigal Red Devil.
Ole: “I think Paul Pogba hit the pass of the day to Rashford and he had the skill of the day against Dier, he’s one of the best players in the world, and we’re glad to have him back”
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) June 19, 2020
That pass from Pogba is outrageous. To hit that on the half volley perfectly in stride. Gets criticized week in, week out, but my word he is so gifted.
Amazing to watch.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) June 19, 2020
What a pass!😱 Pogba on fire!
— Therese 🇳🇴 (@ThereseUTD) June 19, 2020
Nahh, what a pass. Pogba is unbelievable
— Tom (@CynicalLive) June 19, 2020
The fact of the matter remains that it had been months since Pogba had been on the pitch upto his usual antics, and longer still since he has been injury-free and in peak form.
While the world finally got a taste of how a pitch shared by him and Fernandes could reap rewards, it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will elect to give him a full start in their next fixture.