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Paul Pogba stars as Man Utd cut City's lead at the top

Paul Pogba stars as Man Utd cut City's lead at the top

- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games (4 goals, 10 assists).

Valencia, Martial and Lukaku were all on the scoring sheet in United's 3-0 thumping of Stoke but it was Paul Pogba who stole the show with his masterful skills and magnificent passing.

The Manchester United star though is keen for the Red Devils to only focus on themselves as they try to close the gap to Manchester City, while he admits that his side have already dropped a lot of points.

But who will the Portuguese have been most pleased with?

- Stoke have conceded 50 Premier League goals this season - five of the previous six sides that conceded 50+ goals at this stage of the season were relegated (exception: Swansea in 2016-17). The 23-year-old was seen as the key to making United champions again under new manager, Jose Mourinho and while United would promptly win two trophies, the jury was still out on his impact since making the big money move. Pogba's enormous price tag saw him criticised by pundits at first, but he soon settled into the team, with Mourinho hitting out at the "Einsteins" who had been too harsh on the 24-year-old.

Pogba gave the impression early on that he'd play an important role in United's assault against the Potters, regularly finding himself at the core of the home side's machinations.

Lukaku finished the game off 20 minutes before the end.

Lukaku missed United's last league outing against Everton with a head injury but is fit to return.

The game takes place on Monday 15 January. They will then visit Bournemouth on February 3 ahead of a home game against Brighton & Hove Albion seven days later.

Stoke will be without newly named manager Paul Lambert in the dugout as he officially replaces the departed Mark Hughes tomorrow. It really needs the club to pull together now.

What is the Man Utd vs Stoke team news?

Ireland - starting his first Premier League match since April 2015 - had a super chance to score in the 21st minute, but the midfielder clipped wide.

Another slick performance from the France worldwide, who teed up the first two goals and produced many other eye-catching passes.

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