Man Utd v Tottenham: Match in pictures
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Paul Pogba has rubbished claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has been a “problem” for the Manchester United dressing room this season. Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick to earn his side a 3-2 win over Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
He opened the scoring with a powerful strike into the top corner from distance before Harry Kane made it 1-1 with a penalty after a handball by Alex Telles inside the box.
Jadon Sancho beat the offside trap to set up a Ronaldo tap-in for 2-1 but Spurs hit back once again through Harry Maguire’s own goal.
Ronaldo wasn’t to be denied though, powering in an 81st-minute header from a corner to ensure United bounced back from their derby defeat and moved past Arsenal into fourth place.
The 37-year-old striker has now scored 18 goals this season, but the season has been marred by regular reports of problems behind the scenes at the club.
There have been rumours of tensions between club captain Maguire and Ronaldo, while Ralf Rangnick has also reportedly found the Portuguese star difficult to manage.
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Pogba was quick to brush aside those claims in his post-match interviews at Old Trafford.
“Ronaldo was brilliant. I think that’s all we needed – a reaction,” he told Sky Sports.
“We scored beautiful goals. Even when we conceded a goal, we came back and scored again. The mentality was there again today.
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“Everybody knows Cristiano – there’s no need to talk about him. That’s what he does. He didn’t play in the last game, but he comes back and scores three goals. Everybody’s happy.”
Pogba made similar points in his interview with BBC Sport too.
“It was a beautiful game and a beautiful reaction from us. We hurt them at the right times and Ronaldo did what he does best,” he added.
“He has never been a problem. You have the best striker in history in our team, he cannot be a problem. Today the performance from him and all the team was very brilliant.
“We reacted very well. We kept pushing. The team worked. We found the right play and hurt them like that.”
Ronaldo missed the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City last weekend with a hip flexor problem but returned to make a big impact against Spurs.
His efforts saw him move onto 807 career goals, while it was his 59th hat-trick.
“Tremendously happy with my first hat-trick since I came back to Old Trafford!” he wrote on social media shortly after the game.
“Nothing beats the feeling of being back on the pitch and help the team with goals and effort. We’ve proven once again that we can beat any team in any given day, as long as we work hard and stand together as one.
“There are no limits for Man United! No matter what! Let’s go, Devils!”
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