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"He Didn't Even Speak" - Paul Pogba On Stepping Aside For Ashley Young Free-Kick

"He Didn't Even Speak" - Paul Pogba On Stepping Aside For Ashley Young Free-Kick

Ashley Young had one of 'those games' against his old club Watford on Tuesday night, where it seemed like everything he did came off for him.

After putting Man Utd ahead with a stunning strike from the edge of the area, Young - now Mourinho's first-choice left-back it seems - curled in an immaculate free-kick to send the travelling supporters into raptures, but the most remarkable thing about that second goal was that it just seemed inevitable that it was going to go in.

Young stood over the ball with a confidence that suggested he already knew where the ball was going, and that idea is further supported by the words of Paul Pogba, who while speaking to MUTV on Thursday revealed that he had no say in the matter of who was taking the free-kick, as he was happy to let his teammate back himself.

To be honest, I won the foul and he just came and took the ball straight away. He didn't even speak because he was so confident.

He took it and scored. But I would never fight it for a free-kick or a penalty, or whatever, because we all want the same result. We want to score and we want to win the game. So I was very happy.

So who will step up at the Emirates Stadium if a set-piece is won in a dangerous position?

The one who is feeling it the most [will take free-kicks against Arsenal]. Ash just scored the goal at Watford so if he feels it then fine, or I feel it then I will tell him. We will see what happens in the game.

When you know, you know.

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Having struck the first goal as sweetly as physically possible, Young stepped up to that free-kick oozing confidence and it showed in the finish.

That's good PR from Paul Pogba too not long after the PSG/Neymar/Cavani issues reared their head again recently, although to be fair to the Frenchman as much as his style looks to be that of someone who would be disgusted at the idea of giving up a set-piece, all reports suggest he's a top quality teammate to have around the place.

[via ManUtd.com]

Mikey Traynor

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