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Paul Pogba: Manchester United star's agent slammed over Pep Guardiola comments

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Manchester United fans run out of superlatives for Paul Pogba as he 'singlehandedly wins the Manchester derby'

In the days leading up to Saturday's Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola claimed Raiola contacted him in January to see if he was interested in signing Pogba.

"This is tough mentally", Guardiola said.

Pogba, 25, stole the headlines on Saturday after he scored an emphatic brace against eternal rivals Manchester City as his side overturned a two-goal deficit and went on to win 3-2 at the Etihad.

United manager Jose Mourinho, though, was all smiles, especially as his match victor turned out to be the misfiring Pogba, who was reported by Guardiola to have originally been offered for sale to City before he was signed by United. "I am not interested if it was Pep right or Mino right".

José Mourinho also played down the significance of the disclosure - "I have not spoken to Paul about that". Especially Tuesday and Wednesday, he had two fantastic training sessions.

United were sharper, pressed their opponents higher up the field and played with an intent to attack and get back into the game. He was constantly caught out of position by City's quick and elusive midfielders and his control let him down on occasions, not befitting a player who cost a then-world record fee of £89 million in 2016.

In the end, United held out for the victory, making a statement and denying City the satisfaction of beating their archrivals for the title.

Most of all, it showed Manchester United that they have what it takes to challenge the biggest teams, but what separates them from the very top teams at the moment is the consistency needed to win. City's party has been postponed, and United fans can breathe a sigh of relief, all thanks to Pogba, who gave the ideal response to his critics.

"More important for City today was the penalty, if they get the penalty all of a sudden they are probably drawing the game and could go on to win it".

If ever there was a match to illustrate the "game of two halves" saying it was yesterday though.

The star of the night was Frenchman Pogba, who has endured a disappointing season after being often been dropped by manager Jose Mourinho for United's biggest games.

"He needs that confidence", Mourinho said. (Sanchez) always tells me when you pass me the ball, 'Just make the run, I see you'.

Captain Vincent Kompany thumped home a powerful header, Ilkay Gündogan adding a second with an intelligent turn and finish. An outclassed United remained in contention after Raheem Sterling skied two golden opportunities with the goal at his mercy and an unmarked Gündogan headed straight at keeper David de Gea from just eight yards out.

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