Dublin hails United man who ‘changed the game’ against Brighton

Jason Soutar
Dion Dublin during a BBC broadcast

Dion Dublin has hailed Paul Pogba’s impact off the bench in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday.

Pogba recently returned from injury after missing 14 matches. He made his comeback in the FA Cup penalty shootout defeat to Middlesbrough on February 4.

After three consecutive starts, the Frenchman was dropped to the bench for Tuesday’s match against the Seagulls.

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He was introduced with United leading 1-0 with Brighton down to ten men and assisted Bruno Fernandes’ last-gasp goal to seal the win.

Pogba’s performance has brought praise from former Premier League striker Dublin, who believes the 28-year-old “changed the game”.

“Paul Pogba changed the game when he came on,” Dublin said. “His little bit of quality, picking the right passes.

“He put Brighton on the back foot.”

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand believes Cristiano Ronaldo gives Manchester United “a chance” of winning the Champions League this season despite some recent poor performances.

Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “In this competition, you can not bet against him [Ronaldo] coming up trumps because he is the king of this competition in terms of goals and deciding big fixtures,” Ferdinand said.

“So, with him in the team, you’re always going to be in with a chance.”

Chelsea overcame Man City in the final last season to lift the Champions League for the second time in their history before adding the Club World Cup to their trophy cabinet this season.

Speaking about Chelsea, Ferdinand added: “I think they’re the third of the teams capable of winning it.

“The two other English teams Liverpool and City will be ahead of them and I think they will be there or thereabouts with someone like a Bayern Munich.

“Listen, you have to understand that these guys have the experience and that counts for a lot.

“On that night, they have the experience, the know-how, they have players there that are good ages and a manager there again who’s growing in stature.

“They’ll be a threat. Listen, with that experience and being the holders, drawing them you’ll be saying, “it’s not going to be easy.” They won’t make it easy for anybody no matter what.”