BBC pundit praises ‘masterful’ Man United star

Garth Crooks praises Paul Pogba following his masterful display in Man United's 2-1 win over Leicester

Paul Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Paul Pogba following his “masterful” performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City last week.

The French midfielder’s situation at Old Trafford has been a constant source of speculation this summer after his stuttering form for the Red Devils last season under Jose Mourinho.

Pogba, however, enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign with France as he helped his national side to win the trophy in Russia last month.

The 25-year-old was made captain for Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night and the midfielder did not disappoint, as he netted from the penalty spot for the Red Devils.

And Crooks was clearly very impressed by what he saw from Pogba during the Premier League opener at Old Trafford.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Crooks said: “Jose Mourinho made Pogba his captain for Manchester United’s opening game of the season, and that is probably the only acknowledgement France’s World Cup winner is going to get from his manager.

“The player responded with a masterful display against a gallant Leicester City. However, Mourinho is wise to be cautious.

“The two stars meticulously etched in Pogba’s haircut (and you know how I hate his haircuts) signify France’s World Cup successes and suggest his ego is very much alive and kicking post-Russia.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action next weekend when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils will be aiming to win the title this season after they finished second and without a trophy in Mourinho’s second campaign in charge last term.

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