Manchester United travelled to London this weekend in hopes to extend their away win streak and returned with that exact achievement.
Tomas Soucek’s first-half goal did not keep West Ham United in the tie for too long as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second-half substitutions turned the game around in what seemed like a flash.
Bruno Fernandes made an impact yet again as he laid the ball for Paul Pogba who scored one of the best goals of the season so far. A long-range strike fizzed past Lukasz Fabianski, pushing United back into the tie.
It was a goal that was probably unsavable by almost any goalkeeper in the world, and naturally, the fans went ballistic.
That’s what Pogba can do 💥
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 5, 2020
So happy for Mason, that goal was massive for his confidence. Pogba had a very poor game until his goal came… but what an incredible one he scored wow. Won’t forget Deano’s pre-assist that ball reignited our performance. Comeback FC. 👏🏽 #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) December 5, 2020
What a finish from @paulpogba. Gorgeous goal.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 5, 2020
West Ham fans booed Pogba all game only to watch him score a screamer and cup his ear 😂 pic.twitter.com/4KBgpj3LHu
— RiZzy🔴 (@RiZzyUTD) December 5, 2020
Solskjaer: “The first goal was absolutely top quality by Paul Pogba. I am so happy for him to get that goal.” #MUFC
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) December 5, 2020
There have been debates that the ball had gone out of play in the build-up to the goal but VAR reviewed the incident and surprisingly, the goal was not disallowed. Though the ball did seem like it went out of play in the replays, it was likely deemed not conclusive enough to nullify the goal.
The Frenchman had been struggling with poor form lately and consequently had been under fire with criticism. But it seems Pogba is about to turn his season around with his admirable performance at the London Stadium.
The midfielder dictated tempo very well and laid in a very generous amount of passes whilst also working very well defensively. It was a complete performance from the France international.
This point should be capitalised upon if the 27-year-old wishes to turn his bad form around. The Mancunians have clearly missed his best days and would really want him to perform as well as he did tonight. Now it is only a matter of if the World Cup winner manages to carry this confidence into future games.