LONDON: Paul Pogba struck another critical blow for Manchester United in the Premier League title race with a staggering second-half strike to return his side on top of the table with a 2-1 triumph at Fulham on Wednesday.
The revived French midfielder arrowed home a relentless shot past Fulham guardian Alphonse Areola to settle the challenge in the 65th moment at a blustery Craven Cottage.
Fulham had really started to lead the pack in the fifth moment when Ademola Lookman beat David de Gea with a clinical completion.
In any case, United arose from their initial sleeps and were level following 21 minutes when Areola’s bobble permitted Edinson Cavani to change over from a short proximity.
Joined endured a late panic when Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header redirected off Eric Bailly by went excruciatingly wide however United held tight for an eighth away success of the period.
In doing so they equalled a club record of 17 away first class games without rout, albeit all the more fundamentally it saw them move two focuses away from Manchester City to lead the table at the midway stage without precedent for a very long time.
City had momentarily bested the standings subsequent to beating Aston Villa 2-0 prior on Wednesday. Leicester had thumped United off the top with a 2-0 success over Chelsea on Tuesday.
It was club record marking Pogba’s objective a week ago at Burnley that sent United to the top, and he again exhibited that when he is fit and focussed he can be a relentless power.
“Phenomenal objective by Paul and we had some different opportunities to complete the game obviously when it is only one objective and the players they put on it will resemble heart in your mouth,” chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the player who has just irregularly shone for United since returning in 2016.
“Paul has truly gone ahead. He is fit, he can play in midfield and he can play wide. That is key with Paul, getting him coordinate fit and running fit and he is currently. He played quite well.”
After City had guaranteed a 6th progressive class win in no time before United commenced close by the River Thames, the pressing factor was Solskjaer’s ally to react.
The early signs were stressing as Scott Parker’s Fulham were far snappier out of the snares.
They started to lead the pack after a long spell of ownership which finished with Andre Anguissa’s pass selecting Lookman to plant a shot past De Gea with United’s guard having turned off, anticipating an offside banner that won’t ever come.
The guests before long clicked into gear however and minutes after Bruno Fernandes had pounded a shot against the post he swung in a low cross that Areola fluttered at and Cavani tapped home.
Areola vindicated himself with an extraordinary save from Fernandes and Harry Maguire likewise headed wide as United assumed responsibility.
Fulham appreciated another splendid spell from the get-go in the second half with Lookman gave an extraordinary possibility after great work by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, just to take shots directly at De Gea.
Joined looked the more probable champs however and following 65 minutes Pogba assumed control over issues. Cutting in from the correct he had just something single at the forefront of his thoughts and dispatched a left-foot shot that flew past the vulnerable Areola.