HOW Paul Pogba managed to stay on the field in table-topping Manchester United’s 4-0 demolition of Swansea is anybody’s guess.
Already booked for a dreadful challenge, the French midfielder got away with murder after committing a similar offence. He should have gone.
The referee was far too lenient on the second occasion. Why? Refs have to be more consistent.
It’s no wonder fans and media alike get so wound up.
As one BBC pundit pointed out ‘if Pogba hadn’t been booked earlier, he would have been cautioned for his second offence’.
Three goals in less than four second half minutes – one from Pogba himself – settled the issue at the Liberty as United laid down an early title challenge.
Pogba, if he keeps his head, will have a big role to play in that challenge for the Premier League crown. But I still question his temperament.
At least United have a match winner in new signing Romelu Lukaku who has settled in nicely. More to come from the big man.
Anthony Martial showed his true colours too and, as BBC pundit Danny Murphy pointed out ‘United are going to steamroller teams this season’.
They have already scored eight goals in two games – without conceding – and are starting to look the real deal in Jose Mourinho’s second season in charge.
Top of the table and leaders of the pack, which includes Huddersfield, United have hit the groung running this season.
And Mourinho, as quoted in his post match press conference and as quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40908331 – said the key to United’s early success was ‘happiness in our play’.
He added: “They were waiting with class, calm and consistency for the moment to kill the game. The word that describes the team now is confident.
“At the moment, everything is going in our favour – but it’s not always motorway – you find difficult roads and roadworks.”