Pogba’s red mist will not cast a shadow over De Gea’s bril­liance and Jose’s state­ment of ti­tle in­tent

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES -

AS state­ment per­for­mances go, this was up there with some of Jose Mour­inho’s most sig­nif­i­cant. Sorry, as state­ment re­sults go. To soundly beat an Ar­se­nal team that, ar­guably, at­tacked as in­ces­santly as it has at­tacked for a long time, is a thump­ing dec­la­ra­tion ahead of next week­end’s Manch­ester derby.

As might­ily as City swagger, this Mour­inho team will not fade.

Not if they can with­stand this sort of pres­sure, not if they can re­sist what most would find ir­re­sistible.

Not if they can even pull through after the most bizarrely vi­o­lent mo­ment of mad­ness, or a mist­imed chal­lenge as some would have you be­lieve, from a player who had ma­jes­ti­cally be­strode this epic con­test. After his wish on TV yes­ter­day for City to suf­fer in­juries, karma came pretty sharpish for Paul Pogba.

No one wore a more thun­der­ous de­meanour than Mour­inho after Pogba left his stud­ded im­pres­sion on Hec­tor Bel­lerin.

He knows that, against a City side even more at­tack-minded than this Ar­se­nal one and far more clin­i­cal, Pogba is go­ing to be missed sorely.

Mour­inho should also be an­noyed that Pogba scarred not only his own evening but United’s. Only slightly. There is no es­cap­ing the fact that David de Gea, with the re­flexes of a For­mula One driver and the agility of a gym­nast, had an aw­ful lot to do with this

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