Paul Pogba: Man United love Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he’s a big player

The Manchester United midfielder is full of praise for Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his hat-trick heroics in the Europa League

Paul Pogba has lavished praise on his Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his Europa League hat-trick on Thursday night.

The 35-year-old scored with a deflected free-kick to break the deadlock in the first half at Old Trafford after a low attempt under the Saint-Etienne wall in the first leg of their last-32 clash.

Ibrahimovic extended the home side’s lead in the second half before the former Juventus striker netted from the penalty spot in the final minutes of the European clash to secure a 3-0 win in the opening leg.

The summer signing has now scored 23 times in 38 games in all competitions this season after his free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website about their hat-trick hero after Thursday night’s 3-0 win against Saint-Etienne, Pogba said:

“That’s the big player.

“That’s what we want from other big players. He looks like he loves Saint-Etienne because he seems to love scoring against the French side. So, hopefully, we score again and he’ll get better. We love the Ibrahimovic we see [on Thursday night].”

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Manchester United will make the short trip to Blackburn Rovers in their next game in the FA Cup fifth round at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

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