08/04/2018 14:30, Report by Stuart Mathieson

The cameraman with his handheld equipment stalked Paul Pogba at the final whistle of a scintillating Manchester derby win for United. The producers in the TV gantry wanted shots of the Man of the Match. Everybody’s eyes were on the man of the moment.

The Reds midfielder had played the pivotal role in an enthralling, and at one stage, unimaginable comeback by the away team at the Etihad Stadium. With the lens trained on him, the Frenchman marched over to the United section of City’s HQ, following a significant tête-à-tête with Blues boss Pep Guardiola, and beat the club crest on his chest.

He mouthed something to the jubilant support and while I’m no lip reader, the message was clear: “I’m one of you.” The real statement from the 25-year-old, however, had come in those breathtaking 45 minutes when his prominent, inspirational actions helped to mastermind the overturning of City’s 2-0 interval lead and put the brake on those title celebrations.

If anyone was harbouring any doubts that the United Academy product could replicate for the Reds the kind of performances he’d produced on the biggest of stages for Juventus, then this was his answer. This was Paul Pogba in imperious form. Starting moves. Finishing moves. Somebody had to take the derby debacle by the scruff of the neck in that second half and Pogba did it. Not on his own, of…

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