Ben Thornley: Man Utd Deserved Liverpool Win; Pogba Vital For Future; Pellistri Speaks Good English
After the game at Anfield, which was as dull a 0-0 draw you’ll ever see, we witnessed a brilliant FA Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool on Sunday.
Neither side wanted to go to extra time. I think the draw was a fair result last week, but if you look at Sunday, I believe United were on top for the vast majority, especially in the first- half when they were exposing Trent Alexander- Arnold down that left-hand side.
Liverpool played the part, you don’t score two goals at Old Trafford if you’re not trying to win the game yourselves. But the quality of United’s goals – Marcus Rashford’s pass to Mason Greenwood, Greenwood returning the favour for the second goal, and Bruno Fernandes’ tremendous free- kick – meant they deserved the win. At 2-2, my co- commentator and I thought the game was going to be decided with the next goal, and fortunately it was for United.
Pogba has benefitted greatly from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer playing him in one or two positions which are more advanced. That isn’t to say when he has the deep-lying role that he can’t be effective. If you think against Liverpool, our first goal came from an absolutely brilliant tackle from Pogba on the edge of our own box. Having him in that sort of form can only be brilliant for Manchester United and the way the team plays. He is a such a huge player when he performs at his best. And not only that, but in recent games he has started adding goals to his game.
He scored the match-winner against Burnley, but the goal against Fulham was another level. It was at the end where I was commentating and I was looking into his eyes as he was coming across the pitch with the ball. You could see him glance up, looking to chip the ball at the back post, and when he realised that there wasn’t anybody on, he thought you know what, I’m having a go myself, and he bent that ball with an inch of room between the fingertips of Alphonso .