Paul Pogba has won Manchester United’s ‘Goal of the Month’ award for his superb strike during a 4-0 win over Swansea City.
Jose Mourinho’s men had just doubled their lead through Romelu Lukaku and the Frenchman sensed blood, latching on to Tommy Carroll’s loose pass and moving the ball out wide to Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian then surged forward. Nobody could get near him. And as he started to turn inside, bringing with him an array of white shirts, Pogba, untracked, floated into the box, received a perfectly timed pass, before expertly lifting the ball over Lucasz Fabianski, leaving the Libery Stadium stunned. The horses were running freely, and with menace.
And the Frenchman’s strike has duly claimed the ‘Goal of the Month’ award on the club’s official website, yielding 51 per cent of the vote.
It was a goal that United simply wouldn’t have scored last season. Pogba probably would have had to stay back. But with Nemanja Matic maintaining stability further back the 24-year-old was able to wreak havoc with an attacking burst that typified his excellence.
The whole move was a microcosm of Pogba’s qualities: superb vision, progressive and precise passing, that ominous, marauding running style, perfect timing and, of course, just pure class.
Swansea supporters saw the 24-year-old score a wonder-strike at their ground last season, but this was a different – and more striking – sort of evisceration they witnessed this time around.