Pat Nevin predicts where Man United will finish thanks to Paul Pogba

Pat Nevin predicts where Man United will finish thanks to Paul Pogba

Pat Nevin predicts where Man United will finish thanks to Paul Pogba

The visitors had taken a shock lead in the 14th minute through Dwight Gayle, but United turned the game around with headers from Martial and Chris Smalling, who converted Ashley Young's cross in first-half stoppage time. Pogba dominated the midfield battle between the two sides and scored a wonderful goal to make it 3-1 in the 54th minute. Pogba was also influential in setting up Martial for the important equaliser. That gap remains significant and City do look imperious, but the players feel that if they can beat their neighbours then the gap can be quickly overhauled.

No one would have been more relived to score today then Lukaku himself. With Ibrahimovic fit and waiting on the sidelines too, Lukaku knows that he can not afford to go that long again or the Swede will have no hesitation in replacing him in the starting line-up.

While Pogba has scored three goals and assisted a further three strikes in five league games this season, Lukaku has hit the back of the net eight times and set up three more goals in 12 EPL matches.

Ibrahimovic revealed the role his manager played in his recovery, not least in signing him to a new contract earlier this year while he was still recuperating.

"This week the manager has been very happy because he has a full team ..."

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Ibrahimovic was United's top scorer last season with 28 goals across all competitions. "We are all here because we want to win and we need to because they are first".

It was the first league goal conceded at home all season - and few inside Old Trafford could deny that Benitez's initially tactically superior side did not deserve it. Mourinho described their tactics as "very experienced, very intelligent". United fans were hoping the Sweden worldwide could have shown the same qualities he possessed during his nation's play-off victory over Italy.

"I left it in Paul's hands as to how long he played".

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Lingard, Shaw.

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