Date: 22nd November 2017 at 11:43pm
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Manchester United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Paul Pogba in the four one victory over Newcastle United at the weekend at Old Trafford was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Pogba as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘I have no time for his hairstyles and even less time for the dancing exhibitions. They are for beauty parlours and catwalks. What I do enjoy, though, is a footballer who can produce moments of magic with a football at his feet. There is no doubt that Paul Pogba’s return to the Manchester United line-up was as empathic against Newcastle as it was stylish, and so it should be. Newcastle simply do not have the resources to compete with Manchester United. But you can only beat what is in front of you and Pobga tormented Newcastle throughout. I would like to see the Frenchman have this sort of performance against the top teams, but there is no doubt that, given time and room, Pogba can destroy the opposition. I had little choice but to pick Pogba over Jack Cork for example. Cork was outstanding for Burnley against Swansea but Pogba is in a different class. Yet there was something quite virtuous about Cork’s performance I did not see in Pogba’s against the Magpies. Nevertheless, it would have been vindictive of me not to pick Pogba. I refuse to allow a poor rendition of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever with a poor haircut to stop me from producing an honest selection, but I do so through gritted teeth.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Pogba for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.

Full Team:

Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal).

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