Pogba hailed by pumped-up Shaw for spectacular assist for Rashford as Man Utd go 1-0 up against Spurs
PAUL POGBA provided an exquisite assist for Marcus Rashford to put Manchester United 1-0 up against Spurs – and their team-mate Luke Shaw made certain that people knew it.
The French international’s inch-perfect pass set up Rashford beautifully to shoot home past Hugo Lloris, and his contribution was certainly appreciated by Shaw.
Luke Shaw congratulates Paul Pogba for his assist against Spurs
The full back, clearly hyped up by the occasion and the goal, ran straight to Pogba to congratulate him ahead of joining fellow England international Rashford’s celebrations.
Pogba’s pass was redolent of the sweeping crossfield ball he played in the build-up to his goal in the World Cup final last summer.
Receiving the ball ten yards in his own half, the midfielder clipped the ball perfectly into the gap between Rashford and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.
Breaking past the Belgian into the Spurs box, the striker was able to fire a tight-angled shot across a despairing Lloris into the left-hand corner of the net.
Pogba received the ball in his own half and looked up to spot Rashford’s runSky Sports
The pass fell into Rashford’s path and he ran into the Spurs boxSky Sports
Rashford fired past Lloris to put United 1-0 upReuters
United enjoyed the balance of play in the first half, though David De Gea had to make a smart save to prevent an equaliser from Harry Kane.
In the second period Pogba nearly got on the scoresheet himself with an audacious attempt to chip De Gea, which the United ‘keeper managed to tip over.