Man Utd won 6-2 on the night and scored five goals in the second half, Bruno had two goals as well as Cavani, Pogba scored on a header and Mason Greenwood probably finished off the tie late in the game.
The goals were obviously great but the passing was amazing. Cavani was so good holding the ball up, Pogba was taking players on and finding his teammates at will and Bruno pulled the strings as the playmaker and made smart runs in the box.
Bruno’s first goal was brilliant, the run from Pogba, the one touch pass from Cavani while holding off the defender and a clever finish from Bruno to chip the goalie from close range, the perfect start for united.
Man Utd’s energy levels were evidently high. Their relentless pressing helped create chance after chance for Man Utd.
Another beautiful moment between the three for the second goal, Pogba released Cavani who held the ball up well and found Bruno, he played it back to Cavani and finished smoothly in the top hand corner.
In the 67th minute the cameras panned to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who encouraged his team to keep the pressure high, and they did.
The high press created counter attacking opportunities for Roma but they were so overwhelmed by Man Utd going forward that the two goals they did score are pretty meaningless in the long run.
A tap in from Cavani, a Bruno penalty, Pogba’s header and the best pass of the game from Cavani found Greenwood on the counter to round out the rest of the goals on the night.
This performance has me begging Man Utd re-sign Edison Cavani immediately.
It might cost Man Utd €500k a week if they want to keep world cup winner Paul Pogba. The new demand wages would see him become the highest paid player in the Premier League when Gareth Bale goes back to Madrid.
The demands do not come as a surprise, Paul Pogba has been rumored to leave Man Utd for the past couple of windows and a new fat contract would probably get him to stay.
Paul Pogba has played well since returning from is injury. At times Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deployed Pogba as the the extra midfielder instead of opting for a winger or striker in the 4-2-3-1.
Man Utd look good with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood roaming up top with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba behind them as the playmakers. Pogba can roam the whole pitch if he wants, he can come back deep and make plays or get into the box for crosses, he has so much rage as a midfielder.
He has played well with Bruno, a delight too many who wanted to see the pair utilized together, this allows Man Utd to be more offensively minded. Man Utd took awhile to crack Burnley but when they did at the end the counter attack opened up.
Paul Pogba has been rumored to be involved in a potential deal back to Juventus. A deal that would see Paulo Dybala come to Manchester United in return. There is no guarantee that Paulo Dybala would want to go to Old Trafford, plus United have Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the same position, DVB has been playing decent recently.
Wesley Fofana and Raphael Varane are two of the latest central defenders to join a long list of already rumored defenders that Man Utd have their eyes on. French site Foot Mercato for Fofana and the Mirror for Varane.
Again with more center-back rumors and links. Manchester United will probably be linked with every center-back that might be available this summer, it is getting ridiculous. Eric Bailly is probably going to leave, Axel Tuanzebe is almost there and Phil Jones is gone.
Bringing in more than one central defender is likely, especially if United were to lose two, they could replace the holes with one big signing or two mid-priced signings. Bringing in someone like David Alaba on a free or bringing in someone from the youth system makes sense if you pair them with a big money signing.
The link for Fofana sounds nice but looks unlikely if Leicester City qualify for Champions League they would want to keep their young French defender.
Fofana was brought in from the French League for around €37 million and if Leicester were to sell him it would be around €80 million for United to get his signature. The 20-year-old has been playing regularly so the learning curve of joining a new league is not needed.
Raphael Varane has been linked before but has returned again in the news because advanced talks are underway and the move has the blessing of Zinedine Zidane.
The 27-year-old could still be in the prime of his career and could be a great starter for United, he would probably slot in alongside Harry Maguire as the starter.
It also rumored that Sergio Ramos could leave Real Madrid as well. If they lose both they have to sign a another defender or two. Varane could come, maybe Paul Pogba can give him a call.
Paul Pogba makes Man Utd a better team when he is on the field, hopefully he stays. Until Man Utd sign a center-back they will be continued to be linked with one, so get used to it.
There has been some good moments and some disappointments during the break. Scott McTominay picked up a Man of the Match for his performance against Austria, Luke Shaw got an assist in his last outing and Daniel James and Donny Van De Beek scored a goal.
Donny scored a goal against a mighty Gibraltar team but should feel really disappointed in the amount of minutes he has received for the Dutch this break. Dean Henderson has not been featured in goal but could get the start against a strong Poland team.
Dan James scored a game winning goal against the Czech Republic. James had a good international break, he played hard against the best team in the world and the winner.
Other than a few good moments it has been tame, the best news is that no player seems to have gotten hurt, yet. England will face a Poland side without Robert Lewandowski, his injury will have him out for a few weeks.
Manchester United fans should feel satisfied with the no injuries and some of the good moments that the players have had.
Manchester United defeated AC Milan to advance to the Europa League Quarterfinals last night 1-0 on the night and 1-2 on aggregate.
Paul Pogba returned from injury and came on in the second half. It was a pleasant surprise to have the World Cup winner return to squad, an even better treat when he scored.
In the 49th minute AC Milan failed to clear their lines after relentless Manchester United pressure in the box. The ball fell to Pogba in the box, he did amazingly well to beat Antonio Donnarumma from the angle.
Paul Pogba came on for Marcus Rashford and United looked solid with an extra midfielder, forcing Milan to attack on the wings where two of the best defensive fullbacks in the Premier League were waiting.
Pogba had multiple runs where he took on and held the ball on defenders well, forcing Milan defenders to foul him and create openings for his teammates.
The return of Paul Pogba comes at a perfect time, he could play in the FA Cup Quarterfinals at the weekend. It will be nice to have such a great player help finish the season strong and deliver silverware to the club.
Pogba’s moment of brilliance earns him an 8, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well. The San Siro is a hard place to get a result and Manchester United took care of business.
Dean Henderson had a good save on a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header late in the second half. The defense saw the game out and you honestly could not tell that it was a cup game, they even stifled Milan urgency. All 7’s for the defense.
Besides the Zlatan chance, most Milan opportunities were tame. Dean Henderson has kept a lot of clean sheets, but the defense does a really good job at limiting good opportunities.
A little disappointing from the attack minded players, but the result is all that matters in do or die situations. 6’s for the attackers for staying disciplined on the night.