Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have made Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week after starring in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Swansea City on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic came into Sunday’s clash without a goal in eight games, but he duly silenced his critics with two tidy finishes in the first-half.
Pogba opened the scoring with a thunderous strike from outside the box before going on to make a Man of the Match performance.
The pair were subsequently included in Crooks’ team of the week, alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Philipe Coutinho and Saido Mane, who all starred in five-goal wins over the weekend.
Ibrahimovic and Pogba, perhaps more than anybody in the current United squad, needed a chance to demonstrate their worth, to completely dismantle their opponent in the face of widespread criticism. And against an admittedly abject Swansea side, they did just that.
With Michael Carrick forming a composed, untouchable core at the base of midfield, the pair launched a demolition job in South Wales, ruthlessly wreaking havoc for 45 minutes. Swansea were simply stunned, unable to comprehend – let alone match – the sheer difference in quality with Pogba and Ibrahimovic on the pitch.
It was, above anything, a performance that gave United fans a brief glance into a brighter future, where a settled Mourinho side, with all its big guns blazing, reach their true potential.