Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Paul Pogba, after the midfielder returned to the pitch during his side’s shock defeat at Watford earlier today.
The Red Devils visited Vicarage Road this afternoon, for their latest Premier League outing.
United headed into proceedings amid a fine run of form of late, which had seen them fall to just one defeat in their previous 10 across all competitions.
This run included impressive victories over the likes of Tottenham and champions Manchester City, and had seen the Manchester giants book their spot in both the knockout rounds of the Europa League, and the Carabao Cup’s semi-finals.
Watford, on the other hand, had managed just 2 league wins all season before today, and sat dead bottom of the English top-flight, with a paltry 9 points.
As such, when all was said and done at Vicarage Road, it came as a major shock that it was the hosts who emerged with all 3 points.
Strikes from Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney shortly after the interval eventually proved the difference between the sides, as Watford picked up just their 3rd win of the Premier League season, and Manchester United slipped further adrift of the top-4.
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Highlights: Watford 2-0 Man United
‘The one plus’
Evidently, based on the scoreline, Manchester United were far from their best over the course of the 90 minutes this afternoon.
The Red Devils looked equally shaky defensively and disjointed going forward, with Watford having been fully deserving of their 3 points.
One of the visitors’ stars who did manage to influence proceedings during his limited time on the pitch, though, was Paul Pogba.
French midfielder Pogba marked his return following almost 3 months on the sidelines at Vicarage Road, and had an immediate impact, driving United forward with power and quality following his 65th-minute introduction.
As such, speaking on the back of his side’s embarrassing defeat, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to highlight Pogba’s influence, labelling the World Cup winner’s comeback as the one positive takeaway from the Red Devils’ display:
‘The big plus is Paul coming on. And that’s the one plus.’
‘He added urgency, quality, some great passes. The boy has been working hard. He’s fit and leaner.’
‘He’ll bring us a lot. He is important for us. He makes us create more chances.’
Quotes via TeamTalk