United, of course, are far from a two-man team and seeing two players so on top of their game seems to spread confidence to the rest of their team-mates. Even Luke Shaw was beginning to like like his former self.
And certainly Mason Greenwood showed confidence in abundance with a superb individual goal squeezed inside the near post just four minutes later to give United the lead.
Then on the half-hour the Pogba-Fernandes collusion struck again, the former again providing the ammunition for the latter – this time a weaker and slightly deflected shot this time found its way just inside the upright.
Replays showed that 30 seconds earlier, Greenwood had clearly let the ball go out of play – beyond the remit of VAR, the Premier League quickly explained. VAR also ruled in United’s favour on a tight offside decision.
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