Paul Pogba labeled his winning goal and Manchester United’s win at Fulham ‘beautiful’ as they went back to the top of the Premier League table.
The 27-year-old hit a stunning winner with his left foot to complete a 2-1 comeback victory at Craven Cottage to ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men went two points clear of second-place Manchester City.
It was the Frenchman’s second match-winning goal in three top-flight games after also netting the only goal against Burnley last week.
And speaking to BT Sport after the game, Pogba was delighted with how he had struck the ball with his weaker foot, and insisted it was better than his winner at Turf Moor for that reason.
‘I hit the ball well,’ Pogba said. ‘I didn’t expect it with the left foot like this but if you don’t try, then you don’t score.
‘It was a beautiful goal and beautiful win.’
Asked if it was better than his winner at Burnley, he said: ‘I would say yes because it was with the left foot. It wasn’t my favorite goal ever but a goal is a goal.’
Pogba’s goal came after he missed a gilt-edged opportunity against Liverpool at the weekend in a tepid goalless draw at Anfield.
The best chance of the game fell to the World Cup winner after controlling a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but his effort from ten yards out – though clean – was straight at Alisson.
Reports have since suggested Pogba apologized to his United team-mates in the dressing room for spurning the chance, and the France international admitted he was ‘really mad’ with himself for doing so.
‘It is not like I apologized but I was really mad after the Liverpool game for not scoring the chance,’ Pogba added.
‘I maybe should’ve done better but today it went in. The most important thing was the win today. We did it the hard way and did it the beautiful way.’
Pogba and his team-mates claimed the victory after Pep Guardiola’s City themselves had gone top of the table with a controversial 2-0 victory against Aston Villa.
But the Frenchman insisted the Red Devils were not aware of events at the Etihad Stadium and said his delight stems from the excellent run which United are on, having not lost in the Premier League since early November.
‘No we didn’t know about the Manchester City result, we just knew we had to get our result,’ Pogba said.
‘I love winning, it’s all about winning. I’m happy when we win on the pitch and angry when we lose.’