This first big-six game back was a “training game”, alright, but only in the sense that it felt like an attack v defence drill. That was the pattern of this entire 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and was largely driven and decided by two creative midfielders: Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
In that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did admittedly have what Jose Mourinho didn’t, but it also meant United had all of the ball, and pretty much all of the play. Fernandes ran the game and scored its key final goal through a penalty, but it was Pogba’s brilliance off the bench that earned it. All too fitting.
Paul Pogba returned to action for first time since 26 December to earn the late penalty that earned Manchester United a crucial point at Tottenham Hotspur.
Pogba, who has not played for almost six months because of an ankle injury that needed surgery, emerged as a second-half substitute and demonstrated he has the creativity to make a difference as United battle for a place in the top four.
United keeper David de Gea was badly at fault when he failed to stop Steven Bergwijn’s powerful 27th-minute drive, so there was relief all-round for the visitors when Pogba surged into the area before he was hauled down clumsily in the penalty box by Eric Dier.
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