Paul Pogba has been reflecting on his superb assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round.
The Frenchman had to watch from the bench as Danny Graham put the home side ahead, only for Marcus Rashford to restore parity before half time.
He was then introduced alongside Ibrahimovic after 62 minutes and guided an inch-perfect long pass over the top to set up the Swede for Man United’s winner.
And Pogba, speaking after the game, noted that he was pleased with the way his pass came off.
“I try to help the team as much as possible,” he said.
“When I see his movement I can pass him the ball. We try all the time, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but that is what we are trying to do. Today it worked and I am happy with that.”
The sad thing is that, actually, Pogba has been supplying balls of this quality all season, with the only difference being that one of his teammates actually managed to capitalise this time around.
More generally, though, it should be noted that the 23-year-old’s introduction completely changed the tempo of the game. It felt as if, with Pogba now there, United’s midfield – dominant but lacking bite prior to his introduction – had received a steroid injection, or like when Pop Eye used to eat an entire can of spinach.
Suddenly they were more alert, faster and stronger, always looking to surge forward and press Blackburn further and further back until the Frenchman duly delivered that killer pass.