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Manchester United: Mata praises ‘very complete’ Pogba

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates with team mate Juan Mata after he scored their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on December 26, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is among the crowd of Paul Pogba fans following Monday’s FA Cup takedown of Chelsea.

Mata lavished praise on the “complete” midfielder after United rode two first half goals to a 2-0 win.

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Pogba assisted Ander Herrera’s opener with a pinpoint cross before planting a diving header in the back of the net despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s touch on the shot.

From The London Evening Standard:

“Even in the second half, 80, 85 minutes he was still defending, going forwards. He’s very, very complete,” Mata said. “He’s got physique, he’s got quality, he’s got a pass, he can go box to box. He’s one of the best. Today he showed why.”

Pogba has 14 goals and 10 assists in 32 matches for United this season, though the lion’s share have come since the removal of Jose Mourinho as coach.

Mata will know a thing or two about rebounding post-Mourinho, and probably cannot help but be proud of Pogba.

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