As they went back to the top of the Premier League table, Paul Pogba labeled his winning goal and Manchester United’s victory at Fulham as ‘beautiful’.
With his left foot, the 27-year-old hit a sensational winner to complete a 2-1 comeback victory at Craven Cottage to ensure the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went two points clear of Manchester City’s second position.
After also netting the only goal against Burnley last week, it was the Frenchman’s second match-winning goal in three top-flight games.
And after the game, speaking to BT Sport, Pogba was pleased with how his weaker foot had hit the ball and maintained that it was better than his Turf Moor winner for that reason.
‘I hit the ball well,’ said Pogba.
‘I didn’t expect it to be this way with your left foot, but if you don’t try, you don’t score. It was a wonderful goal and a wonderful triumph.’
Asked if it was better than his Burnley winner, he said, ‘I’d say yes because it was on the left foot. It’s never been my favorite target, but a goal is a goal.’
Pogba’s goal came after missing a golden-edged chance against Liverpool in a tepid goalless draw at Anfield on the weekend.
After controlling a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the best chance of the game fell to the World Cup winner, but his attempt from ten yards out – though clean – was straight at Alisson.
Reports have since indicated that Pogba apologized in the locker room to his United team-mates for spurning the opportunity, and international France admitted that he was ‘very crazy’ about himself for doing so.
‘It is not that I apologized, but after the Liverpool game I was angry for not scoring the opportunity,’ Pogba added.
‘I probably should’ve done better, but it went in today. The most significant thing was today’s victory. We have done it the hard way and we have done it the beautiful way.’
After Pep Guardiola’s City themselves had gone to the top of the table with a controversial 2-0 win over Aston Villa, Pogba and his team-mates claimed the victory.
The Frenchman, however, insisted that the Red Devils were unaware of the Etihad Stadium activities, and said that his joy stems from the excellent streak that United is on, having not lost in the Premier League since the beginning of November.