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Paul Pogba looked back to his best for Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side hit Leeds for five in their Premier League opener.
With Bruno Fernandes hitting a hat-trick and Mason Greenwood and Fred also getting in on the act, the France midfielder was creator-in-chief on a sunny day in Manchester.
The 28-year-old has been criticised for his United performances throughout his five years back at the club, but he barely put a foot wrong in the opening fixture of the 2021/22 campaign.
Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas were just two of several ex professionals who picked out Pogba for applause following his spectacular performance in front of more than 70,000 fans.
Lineker said: "He’s a lovely footballer is @paulpogba."
Jenas wrote: "A @paulpogba assist clinic."
In becoming the first United player to ever assist four goals in a single Premier League fixture, Pogba also beat his assist tally for the entirety of last season.
Having been pegged back by Luke Ayling, United regrouped with a fresh formation and ran riot.
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Pat Nevin told BBC Sport: "In the second half Manchester United have switched to a diamond (formation) and it's confused the life out of Leeds United.
"The two strikers have gone very wide and that's created this massive gap for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to drop into those areas. It's really intelligent play.
"People talk about Marcelo Bielsa being one of the top technical managers around. He has lost the battle tactically today."
Solskjaer said of the midfielder before the match: "It's been spoken and written about so often but every discussion I have had with Paul (Pogba) is a positive one.
"He knows what we want and hopefully it stays in the background and Paul and us will make a decision together.
"It (the situation) will always be like this with Paul – he's a media 'magnet'."
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