Paul Pogba had to sit and watch his Manchester United teammates try and make history against PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night and after the match he showed how much he enjoyed Marcus Rashford’s penalty winner.
Three weeks ago barely anyone thought that Manchester United had a chance of going through to the Champions League quarter finals.
Then the Premier League side had lost their first game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 against PSG. The Red Devils lost 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.
To make matters worse for them Paul Pogba was sent off late in the game meaning their best player would miss the game through suspension. Worse still United then lost other nine players through injury ahead of Wednesday’s second leg.
Being Pogbaless didn’t end up hampering United though as Romelu Lukaku’s brace and a late penalty for Marcus Rashford, that the French midfielder would have normally taken, sent United through.
After the match the two goal scorers were being interviewed by BT Sport and Pogba crashed the interview to hug his teammates, and probably thank them for bailing him out a little:
The former Juventus midfielder has been instrumental in helping the Red Devils overturn their fortunes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho.
In the last manager’s last game, a 3-1 loss to Liverpool. the World Cup winner stayed sitting on the bench with the manager preferring three substitutes ahead of him.
Since then though there’s been barely any players in the top five leagues in Europe as important to their team as Pogba.
Solskjaer celebrates at full time. Image: PA Images
Missing the 25 year old made Solskjaer’s achievement on Wednesday even more impressive as he went with a midfield pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay, who haven’t played much.
United didn’t set up well to start with Eric Bailly at right back being at fault for PSG’s goal but Solskjaer soon replaced him with Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young moved to right back with far more success.
It was an incredible night for everyone at United, even those who couldn’t play.