Paul Pogba Reveals Starting Paris Saint-Germain Game on Bench Was Part of Game Plan

Oct 22, 2020, 6:45 PM GMT+1
Paul Pogba came off the bench to provide the assist for Manchester United's winner on Tuesday evening
Paul Pogba came off the bench to provide the assist for Manchester United's winner on Tuesday evening | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Paul Pogba has revealed him starting on the bench during Manchester United's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain was part of the Red Devils' gameplan.

The Frenchman's omission form the starting XI raised some eyebrows before kick off but it would later prove to be a stroke of genius, with Pogba coming on and providing the assist for Marcus Rashford's winning goal.

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United: Group H - UEFA Champions League
United secured a deserved Champions League win over PSG | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

A retaken Bruno Fernandes penalty had given United the lead but an Anthony Martial own goal levelled up the scores in the second half. Rashford would have the last laugh however, netting the winner at Parc de Princes just as he did the last time the two sides met back in 2019.

Pogba set up that decisive goal and opened up on being left on the bench in his post-match interview.

"We knew what awaited us [in Paris]," he said (via the Express). "All the players were ready for this match - the result came as it should have come. They had chances, we also had some and we materialised. The result is positive.

"It [his substitution against PSG] was prepared. We had prepared well for the match. We know that they are very strong offensively, and we had to block that. Afterwards, we started especially well and we had chances. [We] managed to score."

Pogba was linked with a move away from United during the summer but no offers ever materialised. PSG performance aside, he has made a slow start to the season, not registering a goal nor an assist in his opening four Premier League games.

He's not been the only United player struggling for form with Solskjaer's side enduring a poor start overall. They have lost two of their opening four games, including a horrific 6-1 home defeat to a rampant Tottenham side.