Pogba, Ibra returns lift Manchester United

Nov 18, 2017 - 11:52 PM Paul Pogba has scored a goal and created another as he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made successful returns to action for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Frenchman Pogba was bak after a two-month injury layoff to lead the Red Devils to a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford as they maintained their 100 per cent home record.

With Swedish striker Ibrahimovic making his return in a cameo substitute appearance and Argentine defender Marcos Rojo fit again and sat on the bench, United are close to full strength again and look all the better for it.

"We have had to go through difficult matches without important players, let us see if we can go through the Christmas period with all the players available at our disposal," United manager Jose Mourinho said.

"The more players we have, the better for me."

United had to come from behind though to secure the three points, which keep them eight behind leaders Manchester City, after Dwight Gayle had fired Rafa Benitez's side ahead in the 14th minute.

Pogba's ability on the ball created the equaliser in the 37th minute as he earned some space for himself before chipping a cross to compatriot Anthony Martial, who headed home at the back post.

United went ahead just before the break when Chris Smalling rose well at the back post to head in a superb deep cross from Ashley Young.

Pogba, who had looked confident from the outset, made it 3-1 in the 54th minute with a tap-in after Marcus Rashford headed down a Romelu Lukaku cross.

Lukaku, who had not scored in his last seven games in all competitions, grabbed his 12th of the season 20 minutes from the end, blasting home in front of the Stretford End, prompting the withdrawal of Pogba.

Mourinho later brought on Ibrahimovic for his first appearance since suffering a knee ligament injury in April and after receiving an impressive welcome from the United fans he produced a fine volley which was well saved by Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.

"I am pleased for the three points, the quality of our performance after Newcastle's goal, that mentality to react without panic and in a positive way, and obviously the return of injured players is always nice, especially in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's case," Mourinho said.

"His was such a dramatic injury. To see him back is a great emotion."

United are now unbeaten in 38 games at home in all competitions.

Source: AAP

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