Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young included in Garth Crooks’ BBC ‘Team of the Week’

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young have all been handed a place in Garth Crooks’ BBC ‘Team of the Week’ following Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Ethiad.

The Frenchman, following a poor first half performance, silenced every single one of his critics with a spellbinding midfield display during which he scored two goals and turned the tide of momentum in Man United’s favour.

Smalling was guilty of poor marking for Vincent Kompany’s goal but made up for it with a dramatic winner from Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick, while Young battled indefatigably all game.

And Crooks has duly awarded the trio with a place in his ‘Team of the Week’.



Pogba played with a kind of frenzied sense of freedom in the second half, as if the two goal deficit had freed him of any tactical limitations, and set about dismantling City like a man determined to prove a point. Needless to say, he was the difference.

As for Smalling, he recovered brilliantly from a disjointed second half to prevent City from making inroads down the centre and scored a goal that will be played on television screens for many years to come.

And Young, who was reportedly responsible for rousing the team at half time, once again delivered a mature, battling display, bringing the big game nous that has earned him favour under Jose Mourinho along with a potential place at the World Cup.

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