Patrice Evra admits that he laughs when he hears Donny van de Beek being compared to Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba.
Pogba made his first Premier League appearance for United in over a month at the London Stadium, netting a classy equaliser before goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured a comeback victory.
Pogba has struggled for fitness and form this season, with Van de Beek preferred by Old Gunnar Solskjaer of late. The pair lined up together on Saturday evening but Dutchman was hauled off at half-time as United trailed.
France star Pogba then played a pivital role as the Red Devils eventaully found their form to win.
“What a great goal from Paul,” Evra said. “When people start to compare him with Van de Beek, it just makes me laugh – look at that goal.”
Evra was also critical of Van de Beek’s performance in London after the midfielder was replaced by Bruno Fernandes.
Marcus Rashford was also sent on as a replacement for Edinson Cavani. Those changes prompted praise for Solskjaer, after a woeful first period from United.
Evra added: “I think we should give credit to Ole because when we lose, people always attack Ole. What a great change – Bruno and Marcus running behind the defence, that’s what we needed.
“They made the difference, and Mata, and Paul came alive. Everyone knew Cavani wasn’t having a good game, Van de Beek wasn’t either. He (Solskjaer) made a quick change, we won.
“I don’t want this team to react, I want them to act. But to be fair, after that poor first half… and now it’s like four consecutive wins.
“So, it’s all positive for United but of course, when you know about football, you know something’s wrong when you always have to come back. I’m really happy tonight .”
Solskjaer impressed with another comeback win
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denied that his side’s win over West Ham was the most clear sign yet of his team’s current trend of comebacks.
In his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer was asked if the match was an “exaggeration” of his side’s recent trend of recovering to win.
He said: “You know, we played against a team who’s drawn to [Manchester] City, they’ve beaten Leicester and Wolves, they’ve drawn to Tottenham.
“They’re a good team and they make it difficult for you. They’re very compact, they’re aggressive, their pressing is very good – one of the better ones in the league.
“So I’m very, very pleased with the performance. Last week we were 2-0 down at Southampton and this was a step forward – only 1-0 down.” Read more…