How Paul Pogba gave Manchester United what Sheffield United needed

Paul Pogba received praise from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his talismanic performance in another Manchester United away win.

Pogba started alongside Nemanja Matic at Sheffield United and assisted Anthony Martial’s halftime goal before his showboating kicked off the move for final winner Marcus Rashford.

Solskjaer has recalled Pogba, 27, for the Manchester derby on Saturday and could hold the Frenchman again for Leeds United’s first Premier League visit to Old Trafford in nearly 17 years.

Despite his relegation on the bench to the Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig, Pogba has started in United’s last three league games and Solskjaer has praised his defensive and offensive merits in Sheffield.

“We also know its strength in the air,” Solskjaer said. “We knew he was going to be important to us on set pieces, goal kicks and long kicks and he won pretty much every single header, it seems.

“His vision, creativity, we want too. Paul has responded very well to the work he is doing, he is now fit and performing excellent.”

United have won their last 10 league away games – a club record – and have conceded their first goal in six wins this season at Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton, West Ham and Sheffield United.

The win at Bramall Lane ended on a frenzied note after David McGoldrick scored piecemeal to make it 3-2, but Solskjaer was expecting probationary periods against the league’s basement club.

“At the moment I have no frustrations,” he added. “We got three points from a difficult game in a difficult place, it could have been more comfortable in the end, but you don’t expect it to be comfortable.

“The goals we scored were excellent and every now and then you have to accept that your opponents have weapons and armaments that can hurt you, and Sheffield United do.”