Harry Maguire’s verdict on Paul Pogba’s display after Man Utd fans slam World Cup winner
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Harry Maguire has launched a staunch defence of Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder was at the centre of social media criticsm. Pogba was brought back into the starting line-up for the visit of Wolves on Tuesday night.
That came after the Frenchman was named as a substitue for United’s last two league fixtures, including the win over Leeds, where he remained on the bench throughout.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to star Pogba alongside Nemanja Matic in the heart of the Red Devils midfield.
And for much of the evening against Wolves, it looked as if Solskjaer’s side would be forced to share the spoils
However, a stoppage-time Marcus Rashford strike earned them all three points, sending them second in the table.
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Despite the dramatic victory, a number of United fans took aim at the World Cup winner, claiming he was well below his best against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
“Pogba having one of his average games tonight so far….Really hoped his attacking intent would be an asset tonight,” one fan said.
Another suggested: “Pogba has been so so off the pace!”
“Unpopular decision – Pogba is lazy with a can’t be arsed attitude and I’m sick of him,” a third concluded.
“Whenever Pogba plays, United are slow, cumbersome and predictable,” a fourth tweeted.”
“Is Pogba okay or…? He dropped two excellent performances and then plays like this?”
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Despite supporter criticism, United skipper Maguire singled out Pogba for praise, for his part in the team’s fourth Premier League clean sheet of the season.
“Well it was important we had great protection from Nemanja and Paul – who I thought was excellent as well in the defensive work,” Maguire told MUTV. “In the second-half he did some great tackles as well.
“It was an all-around defensive performance really. I think defensively we were pretty solid and sound. There were a couple of counter-attacks in the first-half, but we adjusted it at half-time and I think we nailed it in the second-half.
“We lacked that little bit of tempo, not just the forward lads, but us defensive lads that are playing the balls through the lines and finding Bruno.
“We couldn’t quite grasp that tonight, but it is important to stay in the game and wait for your moment. Last year in games like this we would probably go pushing and concede a sloppy goal at the other end.”
Following the win, United sit just two points behind leaders Liverpool, their best position at this point of the season, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
But Solskjaer is refusing to get carried away, claiming there is a long way to go until they start paying attention to the league standings.
“There’s no title race after 15 games,” he said. “You can lose the chance of being in a race in the first 10 games, of course you can.
“But play another 15, get to 30 and then maybe we can start talking about a title race, when you get to March or April, when we have at least played more than half a season.
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