‘We’ve missed Paul’: Solskjaer hails Pogba after winner in Milan

Manchester United’s France’s midfielder Paul Pogba (L) celebrates after opening the scoring throughout the UEFA Europa League spherical of 16 second leg soccer match between AC Milan and Manchester United at San Siro stadium in Milan on March 18, 2021. (Picture by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

MILAN—Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated his staff has missed Paul Pogba after the Frenchman helped the Premier League facet attain the Europa League quarterfinals with the profitable objective in a 1-0 victory at AC Milan.

Pogba, who had missed United’s earlier 10 matches with a thigh damage, wanted solely three minutes to show his price within the last-16 second leg on Thursday.

With United struggling to discover a objective within the San Siro having drawn the primary leg at residence 1-1, Pogba got here on at halftime and made a direct affect with a intelligent end.

“We’ve missed Paul – he’s been out for nearly two months,” Solskjaer stated.

“He was simply stepping into his greatest type earlier than his damage. He’s going to present us an enormous increase for the remainder of the season.”

Pogba has flattered to deceive for a lot of his time in Manchester since signing for a then-world document charge in 2016, however his type this marketing campaign has been spectacular, serving to United climb to second within the Premier League desk.

The French World Cup winner’s skills haven’t gone unnoticed amongst his teammates.

“It all the time makes a distinction when you will have a world-class participant like Paul to return on,” left again Luke Shaw advised BT Sport. “He made the distinction.”

One other big-name participant made his comeback from damage within the San Siro – Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic – however he couldn’t discover the web towards his former membership when approaching as a second-half substitute.

The Swede, who spent two seasons at United between 2016 and 2018, was denied by a fantastic save from Dean Henderson, however the Italian staff didn’t take a look at the United goalkeeper sufficient throughout the 90 minutes.

“We performed effectively in each legs, however soccer is like that – should you don’t rating, you don’t win,” Ibrahimovic stated.

“In case you don’t take your probabilities, there shall be moments when you’ll come below strain within the recreation. In certainly one of these moments, they managed to attain. If you make errors, you pay for them.”

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