Jose Mourinho praises Paul Pogba's 'great influence' on Man United

As the second most expensive midfielder in the world - at £89 million - the former Juventus man carries a lot of pressure around when he plays, but there is no doubt the Red Devils have been a far superior side with him in their XI this season.

The visitors had taken a shock lead in the 14th minute through Dwight Gayle, but United turned the game around with headers from Martial and Chris Smalling, who converted Ashley Young's cross in first-half stoppage time.

But, the Spaniard knows a thing or two about world class midfielders.

The Red Devils would have been aware of Manchester City's 2-0 victory earlier on in the day, and they knew that anything less than a win at Old Trafford would have been damaging to their title hopes.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints that his injury was more serious than people realise despite making his return more than a month ahead of schedule. Getting lost in the big games. We know everything. We don't worry about him. The Belgian had scored three goals for his national side midweek but he had gone seven games for United without hitting the net.

He continued: 'It's not easy, especially in my case because I was on top then I was injured and I couldn't do anything more - it's not like I was on vacation or anything like that.

Ibrahimovic was United's top scorer last season with 28 goals across all competitions.

"They both prefer to play on the left than the right, both playing with another striker through the middle, we lose a point of contact with the midfield that we are used to, with the player playing behind the striker". United fans were hoping the Sweden global could have shown the same qualities he possessed during his nation's play-off victory over Italy. "I don't sign five or 10-year deals, I am just happy to be back playing and doing what I am good at".

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Lingard, Shaw.

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