Luke Shaw claimed Manchester United were “awful” and only reached the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to the intervention of “world class” substitute Paul Pogba. The Frenchman, who had missed the previous 10 games with a thigh injury made an instant impact after replacing Marcus Rashford at the break to score the crucial away goal as United joined Arsenal in Friday’s draw for the last eight. Paul transformed the side, he showed brilliant strength and presence, defended well and never complained and moaned when tackled. After some pinball in the Milan area, the ball fell to the midfielder’s feet and he produced a brilliant finish to outfox Gianluigi Donnarumma and hand United the advantage. Paul Pogba thus has to be the Man of the Match.
Since the retirement of Sir Alex in 2013, United’s last won silverware in 2016/17, when Jose Mourinho added to that season’s EFL Cup triumph, and the previous season Louis Van Gaal had masterminded FA Cup success. This season, with the Premier League all but lost, United now have the opportunity to make amends in this competition, having now reached the quarter final, while facing Leicester City in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
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